Yates is the only county in New York State that has no functionally obsolete locally-owned bridges, according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
“Functionally obsolete” bridges, though not structurally unsound, fail to meet current design standards for the amount of traffic carried.
The report is based on data from the Federal Highway Administration’s 2016 National Bridge Inventory.
By the numbers:
No. of Bridges: Yates: 55; Statewide: 17,462
Average Age: Yates: 35.2; Statewide: 48.2
Average Traffic: Yates: 62,458; Statewide: 169,682,377
# Structurally Deficient: Yates: 7; Statewide: 1,928
% Structurally Deficient: Yates: 12.7 %; Statewide: 11 %
# Functionally Obsolete: Yates: 0; Statewide: 4,531
% Functionally Obsolete: Yates: 0; Statewide: 25.9 %
“Structurally deficient” bridges that remain open are considered safe to drive on, but either have load-bearing elements in poor condition or are prone to repeated flooding.
The report found local bridges are more likely to be structurally deficient than state-owned bridges (12.8 percent to 9 percent).
Outside New York City, the county with the highest percentage of functionally obsolete bridges is Nassau with 69 percent of the county’s 323 bridges graded obsolete.
Statewide, Seneca County has the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges with 23.7 percent of the county’s 59 bridges which average 52.3 years old.
Data for individual bridges and other details are available at: www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/britab.cfm. The data set includes only highway bridges, as defined by the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) regulations.
The full report is available at wwe1.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/bridges/bridges.cfm