Bridges At The Risk Of Falling Down In The North Country

Franklin County has the highest number of structurally deficient bridges in the North Country. Karen Johnson explains what that means.

Nearly 13 percent of bridges throughout New York state fall under the category of being structurally deficient, according to a new report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.Repairing all of these bridges would require $27.4 billion, and DiNapoli noted that it could become more difficult for local governments to acquire the necessary funding with potential changes to the federal government’s infrastructure aid programs. DiNapoli says while the state has taken steps to make funds for repairs available, the assistance of the federal government has also been critical. DiNapoli’s report classifies “structurally deficient” bridges as those that remain open and considered safe to drive on, but either have load-bearing elements in poor condition or are prone to repeated flooding.In the north country, Franklin County has the highest number of structurally deficient bridges at 36. St. Lawrence County came in right behind Franklin County at 35. Essex County has 33, Clinton County has 25, Jefferson County has 23, while Lewis and Oswego counties both have 28 and Hamilton County has 16. I’m Karen Johnson.