For the first time in a decade, Congress has passed a long-term highway bill.

Congressman Richard Hanna was joined by elected officials at the Centro Transit Hub in Downtown Utica to discuss the benefits of the bill to the Mohawk Valley.

Hanna says the bill gives states and local municipalities like Utica the ability to plan to make important maintenance repairs and upgrades to roads, bridges and infrastructure.

The $305 billion highway bill also restores about $12 million in funding for Centro, which operates bus service in Utica.

Ron Bucciero, General Manager of Centro of Oneida the loss of funding would have meant less transportation in the community and not having the ability to purchase new equipment.

The five-year bill provides $8.9 billion to New York state.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX
Jim Rondenelli, WIBX

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