U.S. Senator Charles E.

Schumer launched his push to increase funding for local bridge repair
projects, which are currently stuck receiving the same funding allocation for repairs and
maintenance as they did in 2009 and are at risk of being short-changed for at least another six
years. Schumer explained that New York State receives $71 million per year from the federal
government that must be spent on repairs and maintenance of local bridges not on the federal aid
system, and the transportation bill currently moving through Congress would lock this same
funding level in until 2020 despite the fact that many of these bridges are crumbling. Schumer
said that, since bridges are getting older and construction costs are rising, it is unacceptable to
keep the funding level for these bridges stagnant for an entire decade. Therefore, Schumer
announced that he is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation that would increase total funding for
these local bridges by almost $50 million per year, and will push to have it included in the
transportation bill. According to Schumer, this increase in funding is absolutely vital to help
local towns and counties keep up with the cost of maintaining over 2,200 bridges across New
York State that rely on federal aid through this allocation and are at risk of closure because they
are listed as either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.



Capital Region
COUNTY
Functionally Obsolete and
Structurally Deficient Bridges
Albany 23
Columbia 63
Fulton 23
Greene 43
Montgomery 38
Rensselaer 56
Saratoga 74
Schenectady 31
Schoharie 8
Washington 41
TOTAL 400

Total Bridges that are ‘Functionally Obsolete’* or
‘Structurally Deficient’** in Upstate NY: 2,268
Central New York
COUNTY
Functionally Obsolete and
Structurally Deficient Bridges
Cayuga 42
Cortland 30
Lewis 63
Madison 31
Oneida 74
Onondaga 28
Oswego 34
TOTAL 302


Rochester Finger Lakes
COUNTY
Functionally Obsolete and
Structurally Deficient Bridges
Genesee 33
Livingston 14
Monroe 47
Ontario 15
Orleans 38
Seneca 12
Wayne 22
Wyoming 18
Yates 6
TOTAL 205


Western New York
COUNTY
Functionally Obsolete and
Structurally Deficient Bridges
Cattaraugus
39
Chautauqua 78
Erie 76
Niagara 15
TOTAL 208



Southern Tier
COUNTY
Functionally Obsolete and
Structurally Deficient Bridges
Allegany 47
Broome 28
Chemung 36
Chenango 26
Delaware 76
Otsego 47
Schuyler 35
Steuben 50
Tioga 27
Tompkins 40
TOTAL 412

Hudson Valley
COUNTY
Functionally Obsolete and
Structurally Deficient Bridges
Dutchess
67
Orange 72
Putnam 13
Rockland 10
Sullivan 72
Ulster 92
Westchester 97
TOTAL 423

North Country
COUNTY
Functionally Obsolete and
Structurally Deficient Bridges
Clinton 36
Essex 56
Franklin 47
Hamilton 22
Herkimer 41
Jefferson 68
St. Lawrence 19
Warren 29
TOTAL 318

Methodology
- Data compiled from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FFHWA) National Bridge
Inventory. Senator Schumer’s office requested this FHWA listing of all bridges in New York
State (both on and off the Federal Aid System); the office then sorted the information manually
to summarize the bridge data for each county. The data received from FHWA was dated “as of
June 2014,” and therefore is the most current information on off-system bridges in New York
State at the present.
* Bridges are usually classified as ‘functionally obsolete’ if they were built at a time when
current design standards were not in place and the disparities between the past and present
requirements are severe.
** Bridges are considered ‘structurally deficient’ if significant load-carrying elements are found
to be in poor or worse condition due to deterioration or damage.

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