The state’s infrastructure will face a daunting $80 billion funding gap over the next 20 years for roads, bridges, sewers and clean water, despite an infusion of cash from the federal stimulus package, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warned today.
DiNapoli said estimates show that the state needs about $250 billion to repair its roadways and water systems over the next two decades, but will only have about $170 billion in local, state and federal aid. That will leave a huge gap, which could endanger the state’s ability to keep its infrastructure in good shape, he said.
In the federal stimulus package, the state is getting $500 million for water and sewer systems and $1.8 billion for roads and highways.
“We are getting some help out of Washington with the federal stimulus money, but people should not be led to believe that that’s going to address all of the needs that are out there,” DiNapoli said in an interview after releasing his report “Cracks in the Foundation: Local Government Infrastructure and Capital Planning Needs” in Syracuse today.