Local governments own about half of the state's 17,000 bridges.
While New York City led the state in the number of bridges needing repairs, Seneca (34.6 percent), Cayuga (27.6 percent), and Hamilton (23.8 percent) had the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report Tuesday showing that 12.8% of New York's 17,000 bridges owned by local governments are considered structurally deficient. "These structures are aging and the cost of repairs will likely increase over time".
Locally, Schenectady County has only two bridges out of 21 it owns listed as deficient - tied for the fewest among all counties in the state.
The average age of bridges in the Mid-Hudson region is 52 years, with 26.9 percent, or 329 bridges, being functionally obsolete, meaning they fail to meet current design standards for the amount of traffic they carry, according to the report.
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The overall percentage of structurally deficient local bridges declined from 16.7 percent to 12.8 percent from 2002 to 2016, while the state's percentage was relatively flat at around 9 percent. "While the state has taken steps to make funds for repairs available, the assistance of the federal government has also been critical". The figures used by DiNapoli came from the Federal Highway Administration.
"Local governments are facing a big price tag for maintaining and repairing local bridges", DiNapoli said in a press release. In many cases, the federal government has been willing to pay 80 percent of the cost, and the state another 15 percent.
He says that includes state and federal aid.
In St. Lawrence County, 47 out of 316 bridges fall into that category. The bridge was constructed in 1974.