The Office of the State Comptroller has released a report that found local bridges statewide need an estimated $27.4 billion in repairs.
According to the Comptroller’s office, local governments, mostly counties, own about 51 percent of the 17,462 bridges in the state, carrying average daily traffic of nearly 33.4 million vehicles.
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.
“Local communities are facing a big price tag for maintaining and repairing bridges,” said State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. “These structures are aging and the cost for repairs will likely only increase over time. Many local governments understand the importance of long-term planning for their infrastructure needs, but they will need help. While the state has taken steps to make funds for repairs available, the assistance of the federal government has also been critical. Difficult decisions lie ahead, but these infrastructure needs must be addressed.”
According to the report, 31 of 138, or 22.5 percent, of the bridges owned by Columbia County are structurally deficient, the sixth highest ratio in the state, and 16 of 141, or 11.3 percent, of all Greene County-owned bridges are structurally deficient
Pictured: From The State Comptroller’s Office—A map showing how many bridges owned by each county are structurally deficient as determined by the State Comptroller’s Office. The report found that 22.5 percent of Columbia County owned bridges are structurally deficient and 11.3 percent of Greene County owned bridges are structurally deficient.