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Report Reveals 5 Structurally Deficient Bridges on LI

Five bridges on Long Island have been found to be structurally deficient in a new report from the Long Island Contractors’ Association and a national highway construction group.

The report released Monday by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association found that Long Island’s five bridges were among 43,578 bridges nationwide deemed structurally deficient.

However, the structurally deficient rating does not mean that the bridges are in danger of collapsing. The trade group also said one of three bridges in the United States currently needs to be repaired or replaced.

The five Long Island bridges cited are the Bartow Road Bridge over the Long Island Rail Road tracks at Great Neck Plaza which was built in 1935; the Lincoln Avenue Bridge over Sunrise Highway in Bohemia built in 1996; the Park Road Bridge over Connetquot Brook in Bohemia built in 1900; the Seawane Drive Bridge over the Auerbach Canal at Hewlett built in 1932; and the William Floyd Parkway Bridge over Narrow Bay at Mastic Beach built in 1959.

“It is good news that there are only five of them and that a deficient structure does not mean that they are in imminent danger,” said Marc Herbst, executive director of the LICA. “They’re not meeting capacity and they’re not built to today’s environmental requirements. If you were to replace these bridges, they wouldn’t be built the way they are.

Herbst explained that bridges aren’t the primary concern on Long Island like they are in other parts of the state.

“We have more environmentally sensitive needs like sewers and clean waterways,” he said. “Our underground pipes that provide clean water, some of them are over 100 years old.”

And while the Biden administration got its $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill approved by Congress in November, Herbst pointed to a January report by state comptroller Tom DiNapoli that said much money for road and bridge works in recent years has been siphoned off for debt and operating costs.

“New York is at a crossroads. Far too little of the money set aside to build or repair roads and bridges is used for new capital projects by the state,” DiNapoli said in a written statement. “It’s time for New York to change direction and use money from the Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund for critical repairs and to increase pay-as-you-go projects like the fund was created to do. . Our state’s fiscal situation has improved and we expect billions of dollars from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. We cannot afford to waste this historic opportunity. Policy makers must act now to shore up the trust fund.

Herbst warned that “with the additional influx of federal dollars, they are going to use that money for capital funding and debt relief, rather than actual construction. So they’re going to be backfilling rather than building and that’s why we have to fight to make sure that infrastructure money is spent on roads and bridges and water systems and those kinds of programs.