By Jimmy Vielkind
ALBANY – Without fanfare, the state Department of Transportation has posted details of a five-year capital plan for roads and bridges, detailing hundreds of projects around the state that are slated for work in coming years.
Funding for the plan, which totals $27.1 billion, was secured as part of this year’s state budget and is roughly analogous to the five-year capital plan for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The document posted online Friday includes a signed memorandum of understanding between Robert Mujica, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget director, as well as leaders of the State Assembly and Senate. They pledge to include necessary funding in future budgets to back up a list of agreed-upon projects.
The MOU spells out that the Hudson Valley will receive $1.38 billion in project funding; Long Island, $1.47 billion; New York City, $3.1 billion; and $4.18 billion to other upstate counties. An additional $3.4 billion will fund programs on a statewide basis, and $395 million is set aside for transit systems outside the five boroughs.
The project list and MOU come almost four months after lawmakers signed off on the budget, and amid complaints from advocates that the list should be agreed to before legislators actually vote.
The capital funding was also the subject of intense lobbying by contracting groups as well as Upstate elected officials, who pushed for “parity” in the funding levels assigned to the DOT and MTA plans.
Here is the MOU and project list: http://on.ny.gov/2agmTwb