Seneca, Cayuga county bridges among most in need of fix

Seneca, Cayuga county bridges among most in need of fix

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

With bridges in New York City subtracted from the total, the estimated cost of repairing county-owned bridges would be $7 billion. "These structures are aging and the cost of repairs will likely increase over time".

In Jefferson County, the state says 46 bridges out of 317 are structurally deficient.

Municipalities are generally responsible for the costs of their locally owned bridges, however, they generally receive assistance from the state and federal governments.

That's an improvement from previous reports, with federal, state and local governments having invested significantly in bridges over the last 30 years, since the 1987 collapse of a state Thruway bridge in Montgomery County brought national attention to the issue.

The classification does not mean that the bridge is unsafe. About 22 percent of Oswego County bridges are considered deficient, along with approximately 23 percent of those in Lewis County.

"A bridge that is structurally deficient has important load-carrying elements that are in poor condition".

Sickler says it takes a lot of money to keep up with the aging infrastructure.

The report the office released Tuesday found that 12.8 percent of locally owned bridges are likely to be structurally deficient compared to 9 percent of state-owned bridges. "We used to use federal aid to pay for the work, but that has since dried up".

"Overall, we're probably spending 8 to 10 million on bridges every year, "said Sickler".

James L. Lawrence Jr., Jefferson County Highway Department supervisor, noted that the report does not take culverts into account, which can add millions of dollars more in fix costs to local counties.

"Without enough funding to take care of them, it's not going to get better on its own, okay".

And in Lewis County, the state says 34 out of 167 bridges are structurally deficient. That's the report out of the state Comptroller's Office.

Related News: