- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state will soon divvy up $200 million earmarked to repair and replace bridges around the state.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Tuesday. It is part of a broader, $21 billion, five-year plan to upgrade highways, bridges and other pieces of infrastructure.

Cities and counties may now apply for a piece of the funding. Priority will be given to projects that can help encourage economic activity or bridges with structural problems, weigh restrictions and flood risks.

Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll says the state is working to help the state’s “diverse economic regions” grow and compete by investing in local infrastructure.

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