About 500 bridges in Rochester-Finger Lakes area considered deficient

Created: 05/12/2014 6:37 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

News10NBC has learned that at least a third of the bridges in the Rochester area are considered deficient. With a lack of money to make repairs, will some of those bridges have to be shut down completely?  

There are 1,600 bridges in the Rochester-Finger Lakes area. A third of them, about 500, are deficient. One of them is the Chili Avenue Bridge. Gates Supervisor Mark Assini says if the federal government doesn’t give more money for bridge repair, others could get bad and we may never know it. He compared the bridge situation to a hockey game.

Mark Assini, Gates Town Supervisor, said, “It's like a hockey game. If you're a goalie, you might be able to stop ten shots in a game. But as the number of shots that come at you, like 20, 30, 40, at some point, you're not going to be able to stop all the shots. Something is going to get through.”

Richard Perrin, Genesee Transportation Council, said, “A third of the bridges are deficient.”

Rich Perrin runs the Genesee Transportation Council.

News10NBC’s Berkeley Brean asked, “Just because it's deficient doesn't mean it's going to fall down.

Richard Perrin said, “Absolutely not, no. If it's going to fall down, it's closed.”

The council is starting an investigation to pinpoint what bridges in our area should ultimately close if the federal government does not give more money to fix them.

Perrin said, “What we're saying is the existing funding level isn't sufficient to keep all those bridges in use right now. So we have to look through it and make some tough decisions.”

News10NBC asked Perrin does not know how many of those 1,600 bridges will be marked to close.

They just started talking about this. The investigation could be done by the fall. 

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