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State University of New York Quick Facts
- SUNY state-operated campuses have over 2,280 buildings at an average age of 42 years
- SUNY’s capital plan also supports a wide variety of businesses and trades that make up the construction industry.
- Given the size and longevity of SUNY’s physical plant, a lack of a capital plan and critical maintenance funding will undo the gains realized by previous State investments to ensure SUNY facilities remain competitive and in good repair.
- In recognizing the State’s fiscal condition, SUNY has requested the ability to spend existing appropriations over the next two years and to receive an additional critical maintenance appropriation of $2.0 billion in 2013/14 to sustain the remaining three years of a five-year plan.
Quick Facts About New York’s Infrastructure
- The State Comptroller of New York has identified 1,280 structural defects in 723 bridges within the state. What’s more, 163 bridges in New York State are currently rated less safe than the Lake Champlain Bridge, which was demolished on December 28, 2009 because its defects were beyond repair. This was before Hurricanes Irene and Lee.
- Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee had a devastating impact on roads and bridges in more than a dozen counties across the state.
- New York State faces a transportation funding shortfall of approximately $87 billion from 2010 to 2030.
- Vehicle travel on New York’s major highways increased by 25 percent from 1990 to 2008 – jumping from 107 billion vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in 1990 to 133 billion VMT in 2008.
- Vehicle travel in New York is expected to increase by another 20 percent by 2025, reaching approximately 160 billion VMT.
- More than 100 stalled construction projects, totaling $1 billion of work, have been put out to bid since April 1, but none has been awarded.
- The New York Works Fund is a $15 billion dollar strategic economic blueprint that will create jobs by rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, mass transportation, parks, dams and other vital infrastructure.
- According to Governor Cuomo, thirty-two percent of our bridges are rated deficient, forty percent of our roads are rated fair or poor and eighty-three percent of our parks and dams are in disrepair.
- It is time to invest in New York’s crumbling infrastructure. An additional $1 billion invested in infrastructure adds $3.4 billion to Gross Domestic Product and 28,500 jobs.
- According to the Federal Highway Administration, every billion dollars invested in the over 100 stalled projects would create 34,700 jobs.