On Monday, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli issued a report which finds that local government-owned bridges throughout the state require an estimated $27.4 billion in repairs. According to the report, about half of the state’s 17,000 bridges are owned by local governments.  Almost 13 of these locally-owned bridges are considered structurally deficient.

Comptroller DiNapoli said:

“Local communities are facing a big price tag for maintaining and repairing bridges. 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.”