UTICA – TRIP, a National Transportation Research Nonprofit, has released a report identifying bridges in Oneida County that are considered in poor condition.
By providing this data, TRIP urges the state to prioritize bridges used for daily transportation by repairing or replacing deficient bridges and providing needed maintenance on other bridges.
The report lists bridges in each county and designates the condition of the bridge and the average daily traffic on each structure.
According to the findings, Utica has 54 bridges considered structurally deficient, and an average of nearly 223,000 vehicles travel on those deteriorating bridges each day.
Although these findings deem the bridges are deteriorating, the New York State Department of Transportation says bridges are considered safe to travel unless they are closed after inspection.
“Safety is our top priority and the State Department of Transportation has an aggressive bridge inspection program that requires bridges to be inspected at least once every two years by licensed professional engineers. The fact a bridge is categorized as poor condition in the report does not mean that it is unsafe. If a bridge is deemed unsafe as a result of a rigorous inspection, it will be closed to traffic,” said Jim Piccola, spokesman for the New York State Department of Transportation.
The top five Oneida County bridges in poor condition with the most daily traffic are:
(ADT - Average Daily Traffic)
Nearly 10 percent of the state’s bridges are listed in poor condition, with Hudson Valley containing the most. There are 329 bridges that are not structurally sound in that area.
The current report, and other information regarding preserving New York State bridges can be found here.