Comptroller: 40 percent of LI bridges are 'functionally obsolete'

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New York's bridges are in need of $27 billion in repairs, according to a report by New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. 

In the "Local Bridges by the Numbers" report, more than 40 percent of the bridges on Long Island were considered "functionally obsolete." This means the 53 bridges on the list do not meet current design standards for the amount of traffic they carry. They may also have inadequate lane or shoulder widths or low clearances.

Long Island was only behind New York City, which has 75 percent of its bridges listed as functionally obsolete. 

Frederick Wright, of Long Beach, says he's a bit surprised by the report but added that he thinks they are "safe enough." 

Alec Slatky, of AAA, says the report comes as no surprise. He says some improvements have been made in recent years but that more support is needed from the federal government. 

"We've been promised a very large infrastructure plan and we want to make sure that comes through," says Slatky.


 

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