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Seneca, Cayuga county bridges among most in need of fix

Seneca, Cayuga county bridges among most in need of fix Seneca, Cayuga county bridges among most in need of fix
Nellie Chapman | 11 October, 2017, 02:40

Aging bridges owned by local governments in NY are in need of costly repairs, according to a new report.

The report, released Tuesday, found that 12.8 percent of the 8,834 locally owned bridges in the state are deficient, with deficient bridges found in every county.

In the "Local Bridges by the Numbers" report, more than 40 percent of the bridges on Long Island were considered "functionally obsolete". For local bridges, those in New York City have the highest estimated fix costs at $20.4 billion. That's the report out of the state Comptroller's Office.

"Local communities are facing a big price tag for maintaining and repairing bridges", DiNapoli said in a statement.

A "structurally deficient" bridge - a federal label - means it is still safe to drive on, but have load-bearing elements in poor condition or are prone to repeated flooding. "These structures are aging and the cost for repairs will likely only increase over time".

He said a new bridge will replace one on Glen Creek Road that washed out earlier this summer, while a new deck is being added to one on Garnet Lake Road and one on Harvey Road is being rehabilitated.

Overall, almost 13 percent of locally-owned bridges are labeled "structurally deficient" compared to 9 percent of state-owned bridges, the report found. Albany County has seven deficient bridges, or 8.4 percent.

Charlie Sickler, deputy commissioner of highways for Erie County, says the county owns around 19 bridges classified as structurally deficient.

Local bridges are more likely to be deficient that state-owned bridges.

The state Department of Transportation has called for immediate repairs to the North Division Street bridge in Auburn.

"While the state has taken steps to make funds for repairs available, the assistance of the federal government has also been critical". This would include funding for bridge and road projects.