The Breakdown Of Structurally Deficient Bridges In The North Country
One out of every 10 bridges in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties are structurally deficient.
In Lewis County, it's one out of every 5. That's the report out of the state Comptroller's Office.
In Jefferson County, the state says 46 bridges out of 317 are structurally deficient.
In St. Lawrence County, 47 out of 316 bridges fall into that category.
And in Lewis County, the state says 34 out of 167 bridges are structurally deficient.
"A bridge that is structurally deficient has important load-carrying elements that are in poor condition. It's either that or it could be prone to repeated flooding, which can result in traffic delays. It does not mean, for example, that the bridge is unsafe," said Gabe Deyo, deputy comptroller for the Division of Local Government and School Accountability.
To fix all the bridge problems statewide, the state says it would cost $27 billion.
As for funding that, Deyo says local governments will have to cross that bridge when they get there.