Newburgh-Beacon Bridge

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The state authority that operates five bridges in the Hudson Valley has signed a deal to lease fiber optic cable on one of the spans. The deal is with a telecommunications company for a one-time fee of more than $500,000.

As the weather warms up, construction crews are ramping up to tackle maintenance, renovation and rebuilding projects involving many of New York's highway bridges.

The Patroon Island Bridge in Albany is being prepped for a 145-million dollar renovation. The project appears on a list of 32 road and bridge initiatives released Tuesday by Governor Andrew Cuomo's office.

Decks will also be replaced on the Congress Street Bridge in Troy, the Western Gateway Bridge in Rotterdam and the Thaddeus Kosciuszko Bridge, also known as the I-87 twin bridges.

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NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A New York City-based construction company has been awarded a $93 million contract to rebuild a span on one of the state-owned bridges in the Hudson Valley.