Monday, September 16, 2019
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Rocky Moretti 202.262.0714 (cell)
Carolyn Bonifas Kelly 703.801.9212 (cell)
TRIP office 202.466.6706


Eds.: TRIP has prepared a statewide report on bridge conditions throughout New York as well as regional reports for the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Binghamton, Buffalo, Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica areas. The reports include a list of bridges in each area with the lowest average rating for the condition of the deck, superstructure and substructure, and a list of each area’s most heavily traveled poor/structurally deficient bridges. Infographics are available here.

Buffalo, NY – Eight percent of bridges in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area are rated in poor/structurally deficient condition, according to a new report released today by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation research nonprofit. This includes bridges 20 feet or longer and encompasses Erie and Niagara Counties. A bridge is rated poor/ structurally deficient if there is significant deterioration of the bridge deck, supports or other major components.

The TRIP report, Preserving Buffalo-Niagara Falls Bridges: The Condition and Funding Needs of Buffalo-Niagara Falls Aging Bridge System, finds that in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area, 91 of the 1,164 bridges are rated in poor/structurally deficient condition –eight percent. Bridges in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area that are poor/structurally deficient carry approximately half a million (501,684) vehicles per day.  Poor/structurally deficient bridges may be posted for lower weight limits or closed if their condition warrants such action. Deteriorated bridges can have a significant impact on daily life. Restrictions on vehicle weight may cause many vehicles – especially emergency vehicles, commercial trucks, school buses and farm equipment – to use alternate routes to avoid weight-restricted bridges. Redirected trips also lengthen travel time, waste fuel and reduce the efficiency of the local economy.

Forty-five percent (525 of 1,164) of locally and state-maintained bridges in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area have been rated in fair condition.  A fair rating indicates that a bridge’s structural elements are sound, but minor deterioration has occurred to the bridge’s deck, substructure or superstructure. The remaining 47 percent (548 of 1,164) of the area’s bridges are rated in good condition.

Statewide, ten percent (1,757 of 17,521) of bridges are rated poor/structurally deficient, while 53 percent (9,364 of 17,521) are rated in fair condition and the remaining 37 percent (6,400 of 17,521) are in good condition.

“Economic development does not happen without well-designed, well-maintained and well-funded infrastructure,” said Dottie Gallagher, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “As the regional chamber of commerce, we know the safe and efficient movement of goods, services and people is at the core of our economy.  Buffalo Niagara Partnership members continue to identify the lack of resources to adequately address our infrastructure needs now – and in the future – as a major impediment to economic growth and investment in Buffalo Niagara.”

The chart below details the 10 most heavily traveled poor/structurally deficient bridges in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area. A list of the 25 most heavily traveled poor/structurally deficient bridges in the region can be found in the report. The report’s Appendix also includes the ratings for each bridge’s deck, substructure and superstructure. The chart also indicates whether the bridge is open to traffic, posted, which restricts use to lighter vehicles, or closed to traffic.

  County City Facility Carried Feature Intersected Location Year Built Lanes ADT Open, Closed, Posted
1 Erie Amherst RTE I290 RTE 952T 1.7 MI NW INT RTS263+I290 1982 5 51,953 Open
2 Erie Buffalo RTE 33 W L GAITER AVENUE 3.5 MI NE JCT RTS 33 & 5 1967 4 47,202 Open
3 Erie Cheektowaga RTE 952Q RTE I90 1.2 MI N JCT I90 & SH 130 1950 6 38,021 Open
4 Erie Lancaster RTE I90 CSX RR (ABAND) 2.0 MI W JCT I90 < RTE 78 1953 4 34,461 Open
5 Erie Hamburg RTE 75 RTE I90 JCT RT 75 + I-90 1957 5 27,772 Open
6 Erie Hamburg RTE 179 RTE I90 MILE STRIP ROAD, RT. 179 1956 4 26,968 Open
7 Erie Tonawanda RTE 265 ERIE CANAL JCT RTE 265 + CANAL 1956 4 17,111 Open
8 Erie Buffalo RTE 62 CSX TRANS/AMTRAK 0.2 MI S JCT RTS 62 + 130 1979 4 15,469 Open
9 Erie Cheektowaga RTE 33B RTE I90, SCAJAQUADA CK B JCT GENESEE ST + I-90 1951 4 14,582 Open
10 Erie Hamburg RTE 62 RTE I90 JCT RT 62 + I-90 1956 4 13,002 Open

The following 10 poor/structurally deficient bridges in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area (carrying a minimum of 500 vehicles per day) have the lowest average rating for deck, substructure and superstructure. Each major component of a bridge is rated on a scale of zero to nine, with a score of four or below indicating poor condition. If a bridge receives a rating of four or below for its deck, substructure or superstructure, it is rated as poor/structurally deficient. A list of the 25 bridges in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area with the lowest average rating for major bridge components is included in the report.

  County City Facility Carried Feature Intersected Location Year Built Lanes ADT Open, Closed, Posted
1 Erie Akron STATE STREET MURDER CREEK 1.5 MI NE JCT 935 1938 2 732 Closed
2 Niagara Lockport NORTH ADAM ST ERIE CANAL AT LOCKPORT ON CANAL 1918 2 558 Closed
3 Erie Buffalo LOUISIANA STREET RTE I190, CSX TRANS 0.8 MI E JCT RTS I190 < 5 1960 4 3,892 Open
4 Erie Lancaster STONY ROAD ELLICOTT CREEK 1.5 MI E JCT SH78 & SH33 1956 2 2,705 Open
5 Erie Lancaster MAIN STREET ELLICOTT CREEK 0.75 MI SE JCT I-90RT 78' 1,922 2 557 Open
6 Erie Hamburg RTE 75 RTE I90 JCT RT 75 + I-90 1957 5 27,772 Open
7 Erie North Collins RTE 62 BR BIG SISTER CRK .2 MI S JCT US 62 & SH249 1931 2 3,897 Open
8 Erie West Seneca MILL ROAD CAZENOVIA CREEK 2.5 MI W JCT SH78 & US20 1930 2 3,093 Open
9 Erie West Seneca LEYDECKER ROAD CAZENOVIA CREEK 1 MI W JCT SH400 & SH78 1934 2 1,673 Posted
10 Erie Boston TREVETT ROAD EIGHTEEN MILE CRK .8 MILE SE OF BOSTON 1930 2 1,038 Posted

“Maintaining safe and stable infrastructure is critically important to all New Yorkers. Every day, thousands of people travel through our state on what are often poor and structurally deficient roads and bridges,” said Senator Tim Kennedy, chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Transportation. “Now more than ever we need to ensure that we’re dedicating resources to local infrastructure that is desperately in need of repair and maintenance. Taxpayer dollars must be put to work to improve our local community. I will continue to work with local stakeholders and continue to fight for additional funding to improve our roads and bridges.”

“New York’s bridges are a critical component of the state’s transportation system, providing connections for personal mobility, economic growth and quality of life,” said Will Wilkins, TRIP’s executive director. “Without increased and reliable transportation funding, numerous projects to improve and preserve aging bridges in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area and statewide will not move forward, hampering New York’s ability to efficiently and safety move people and goods.”