Paterson suspends Route 110 overpass project

(AP) - Gov. David Paterson is suspending hundredsof current and new construction projects because of the state'sbudget woes, including a highway to Fort Drum and a majorinterchange on Long Island.

Paterson administration officials told The Associated Press onTuesday that all projects not paid for by federal economic stimulusfunds will be delayed until the Legislature and the governor agreeon a 2010-11 budget or emergency funding.

The extraordinary order also tells contractors on existingprojects that the state won't fund any work after the start of thenew fiscal year on Thursday until there is a budget or emergencyfunds. The soonest that could happen is April 7, when theLegislature returns. Or it could come April 14, when an emergencyspending appropriation expires.

The order exempts projects that are planned to address"emergency health and safety needs" as certified by the Divisionof Budget. Contractors were to be notified Tuesday.

The action will be significant for communities statewide wherethe projects are under way or planned.

Contractors will have to decide whether to go ahead without aflow of state cash as they contemplate the Interstate 87 Exit 6redesign on the Adirondack Northway in Albany County and the Route110 interchange project on the Long Island Expressway.

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