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Transportation Group Says 10% of New York Bridges Rated Deficient in Some Way.

Ten percent of bridges in New York state are rated in poor or structurally deficient condition, according to an analysis by a transportation non-profit group that draws attention to public spending on transportation infrastructure.

“Poor bridge condition ratings negatively impact functionality, time of travel, safety, the local economy and the overall experience of the traveling public,” said Dennis Davis, Oneida County commissioner of public works and president of the New York State County Highway Superintendents Association, in a statement from TRIP. Read More >>

Dozens of Region's Bridges are deficient, including Clifton Park, Ballston

That makes the bridge like dozens across the Capital Region, which are in poor or structurally deficient condition, according to a new report released Wednesday at the State Capitol in Albany. According to TRIP, a national non-profit transportation research group, some 68 state or local bridges in the region -- about eight percent of all the region's bridges -- are either structurally deficient or in poor condition. “We all struggle with the number of bridges built in the 1930s and 1940s,” said Crandell, who also serves as co-chair of the legislative committee of the state Association of County Highway Superintendents. Read More >>

Busy Year for Genesee County Highway

It's been another busy year for the County Highway Department, Superintendent Tim Hens told members of the Legislature during his annual department review at the Public Service Committee meeting on Thursday. In 2019, the county received $1.7 million from the state for roads, bridges, and culverts, plus another $382,183 for road paving.There are 92 bridges in the county with a span of greater than 20 feet. The condition rating is 5.16, up from 5.11 last year. There are currently nine bridges in the county posted to warn away drivers with heavy loads. This year, three of those bridges are being replaced. They are: Caswell Road, Searls Road, and Pratt Road bridges. Read More >>

What is Being Done to Fix Our Failing Infrastructure?

Officials fought for years to secure enough funding to afford what would become a $15.4 million project to serve properties on Route 12, Collins Landing, Fishers Landing, Seaway Avenue, Arcadia Park Road, Farrell Drive and Reed Point, Clayton. The Orleans Town Council began the effort in 2012. The project is expected to be completed next year. Read More >>

National News

Lawmakers Receptive to Federal Transportation Loan Program

Both Democrats and Republicans expressed interest on Friday in low-cost federal loan programs to help fix Connecticut's transportation infrastructure, following months of debate over electronic tolls. It's a concept Gov. Ned Lamont has been considering as he reboots his stalled transportation improvement plan that had relied heavily on highway tolling and didn't get enough support in the General Assembly earlier this year. Read More >>

Too Few Dollars Spent to Repair Roads, Bridges and Ferries

Highway pavement is cracking, ferries are breaking down, and bridge decks are wearing out. It’s a worsening dilemma because the level of funding to preserve and properly maintain such infrastructure is inadequate, a top state transportation official told lawmakers last Thursday. “Unfortunately Washington’s transportation system is in a glide path to failure,” said Deputy Secretary of Transportation Keith Metcalf in a presentation to the Joint Transportation Committee. The panel is made up of Democrats and Republicans from the House and Senate transportation committees. Read More >>

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