TOWN OF OLEAN, NY - The Town will receive $258,000 in New York State funds to upgrade a bridge on Back Hinsdale Road that runs over Rural Road.

The funding is part of $20.3 million in state monies allocated for the rehabilitation and replacement of 15 bridges and culverts in Western New York.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the funding Wednesday. The funds will be provided through Round One of the Governor's BRIDGE NY initiative, a $21.1 billion multi-year capital plan to upgrade roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure in New York State.

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“Infrastructure is the key to our prosperity and through this program, we are providing funding to local governments in every corner of this state to help ensure their bridges remain reliable, resilient, and able to meet the demands of current and future generations of New Yorkers," Cuomo said. "This is another step toward a safer, stronger and more secure New York for all."

Two other bridges in Cattaraugus County will receive funds through the BRIDGE NY program: $1.3 million for Martin Road bridge over Forks Creek in Great Valley and $974,000 to for the County Road 6 bridge over Mud Creek in the Village of Cattaraugus.

“Having safe roads that are devoid of potholes and other issues is an important part of our efforts to create jobs and grow our local economy,” said Sen. Catharine Young, a City of Olean resident whose State Senate district includes Cattaraugus County.

“As part last year’s budget, the Senate fought to guarantee local input for the BRIDGE NY program, because our communities know where the funding is most needed,” she added. “These projects represent how progress can be made when our state and local governments work together.”

According to a news release from the governor’s office, the projects were selected through a competitive process that evaluated the resiliency of each bridge, its current structural conditions, and its significance and importance, including traffic volumes, detour considerations, number and types of businesses served and impact on commerce.

“Keeping our bridges safe is of the utmost importance,” said state Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll. “This BRIDGE NY funding for local bridges and culverts shows a commitment by Governor Cuomo to do whatever is necessary to protect public safety and continue to grow local economies all across New York State.”