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How can you advance this project?

The replacement of this important bridge is on indefinite hold. Since the release of the State-wide High Speed Rail Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement, NYSDOT and Federal Rail have made no progress towards replacement of the bridge – this is due in part to the lack of availability of federal infrastructure funding that would be needed for the State to afford reconstruction or replacement. In May of 2016, the State elected to put a very expensive band-aid on the bridge, making it’s immediate replacement all the more unlikely. Replacement of the Livingston Avenue Bridge and Walkway is at least a decade out, according to a press release by NYSDOT- contracted design engineering firm Modjeski and Masters. The firm has announced they will “provide rehabilitation engineering to key portions… intended to extend the useful life of the bridge’s electrical and mechanical systems by 10 years and increase its reliability for both freight and passenger rail traffic.” Thus, until the funds are available to replace this structure, we’re sitting in a holding pattern.

You can still sign-up for updates, and when the time is right we will be charging ahead again. Here’s how to assure a role in this effort:

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1. Spread the word! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share our posts.

2. Send the governor a post card! (Please Contact us to obtain post cards)
3. Let Governor Cuomo know that you support the Livingston Avenue Bridge Walkway or contact us to obtain postcards that you can mail directly to the Governor.4. Write a letter to the editor of your favorite media outlet. Here’s an excellent Op-ed that appeared in the Albany Times Union on Saturday, April 27.
5. Sign up for project alerts on the NYSDOT project page.6. Finally, encourage your friends and neighbors to join our effort! We’re happy to come speak to your group. Please Contact us to arrange a presentation)It may take a long time, but we will have a bridge we can be proud of.

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