- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that the opening of the Western Gate Bridge on Friday marks the completion of the NY Works bridge program.

The bridge connects Schenectady to Scotia in Schenectady County.

The $16.9 million spent on the Western Gate Bridge on Route 5 went to restore the bridge, replace the bridge deck and adapt the driving lanes to a one 11-foot lane traveling in each direction. There will also be a 14-foot shared-use lane in each direction to accommodate motorists and bicyclists.

The revamped bridge now features a 10-foot path for pedestrians and bicyclists on the east side.

NY Works bridge project was allotted $212 million from the 2012-2013 budget to rehabilitate 112 ailing bridges across the state.