New York needs $27B to fix local bridges

Times Union: ALBANY — New York state needs $27 billion to repair hundreds of aging, locally owned bridges, according to a new report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

About half of the state's 17,000 bridges are owned by local governments. Nearly 13 percent of these locally owned spans are considered structurally deficient. Some need repairs to allow them to carry heavier loads; others are prone to floods.

Many are more than half a century old; the average age of the 823 locally owned bridges in New York City is 75 years.

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