JAMESTOWN – A recent report by TRIP, A National Transportation Research Group, found that eight percent of the bridges in Chautauqua County are in a poor and structurally deficient condition.
Published this month, the report found that 42 out of the county’s 558 bridges are in need of work.
The county has received funding from New York State’s Bridge NY Program for bridge repair work. Several projects are now underway as work heads into the fall season.
In New York State, 10 percent of all bridges are listed in bad shape.
“A significant number of New York’s bridges have surpassed or are approaching 50 years old, which is typically the intended design life for bridges built during this era,” the report said. “The cost of repairing and preserving bridges increases as they age and as they reach the end of their intended design life.”
The report also found that five percent, 26 of 480, bridges in Cattaraugus County were in a poor and structurally deficient condition.