DOT: Almost half of LI bridges, roads unsafe
The New York Department of Transportation released a report that says nearly half of Long Island's roads and bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
The report highlights issues with the Robert Moses Causeway, the Wellwood Avenue overpass at Sunrise Highway, and the Ellison Avenue railroad bridge in Westbury, among others.
DOT whistleblower Ed Galke says he's worried and many drivers wouldn't consider the roads and bridges safe if they could see underneath the structures.
In October 2009, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report that claimed the dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund had been used to pay off other debts, rather than invested in infrastructure repair.
Links: Long Island Contractors' Association, Inc.NY Department of Transportation: Reaction to Comptroller's Road ReportComptroller's Road ReportComptroller's Report Press Release