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Comptroller says state needs $27B for bridge repairs

Oct 09, 2017 12:00 pm

The Times Union is reporting state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is reporting that New York needs $27 billion to repair hundreds of aging, locally owned bridges. Approximately half of the state's 17,000 bridges are owned by local governments, and nearly 13 percent of those spans are considered structurally deficient. Some need repairs to allow them to carry heavier loads; others are prone to floods. Many of the bridges are more than 50 years old. Failure to keep the bridges in good working order will jeopardize public safety and hamper efforts to boost the upstate economy, DiNapoli, a Democrat, said. He said local, federal and state officials would have to work together to find the money for vital repairs. DiNapoli said that while the state has tried to help local governments cover these costs, the federal government will likely need to do more. The full report will be released Tue., Oct. 10. Read the full story in the Times Union.