NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — More than 2,000 New York state bridges, including the Brooklyn Bridge, have been deemed structurally deficient and in dire need of repairs by the federal government.
An Associated Press review of 607,380 bridges in the federal government’s National Bridge Inventory found that 65,605 of them are structurally deficient. New York state leads the pack.
Hundreds of bridges in Connecticut have also made the list, and state officials are exploring the possibility of implementing tolls for the first time in decades to help come up with the billions of dollars needed to repair or replace the aging spans.
“In no case is a bridge unsafe unless we actually put a posting notice up that says this bridge has been posted for a weight limit, for example, because we found something to it that we don’t want people going over it with trucks of a certain weight limit,” state Transportation Commissioner Jim Redeker told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “Bridges are safe in Connecticut.”