FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Report Available at: tripnet.org
NEW REPORT IDENTIFIES UTICA BRIDGES MOST IN NEED OF REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT. APPROXIMATELY 223,000 VEHICLES PER DAY CROSS POOR/STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES IN UTICA REGION; ELEVEN PERCENT OF LOCAL BRIDGES ARE RATED POOR/STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT AND 49 PERCENT ARE RATED FAIR.
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.
Utica, NY – Eleven percent of bridges in the Utica 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 Oneida County. 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 Utica Bridges: The Condition and Funding Needs of Utica Aging Bridge System,” finds that in the Utica area, 54 of the 487 bridges are rated in poor/structurally deficient condition –11 percent. Bridges in the Utica area that are poor/structurally deficient carry 222,731 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-nine percent (241 of 487) of locally and state-maintained bridges in the Utica 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 39 percent (192 of 487) 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.
“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.”
The chart below details the 10 most heavily traveled poor/structurally deficient bridges in the Utica 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.
The following 10 poor/structurally deficient bridges in the Utica 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 Utica area with the lowest average rating for major bridge components is included in the report.
“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 Utica area and statewide will not move forward, hampering New York’s ability to efficiently and safety move people and goods.”