After the recent bridge collapse in Syracuse it's really become a question of just how safe are those bridges you're driving over in Central New York. A recent study has identified the 'most dangerous' bridges in America.

The most structurally deficient bridge in New York State according to the US Department of Transportation is the bridge on Route I-278 over Relief in Richmond County.

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However, according to the study Central New York, most notably Syracuse has been found to have 14% of all bridges deemed Structurally Deficient and more than 25% of all bridges labeled as 'functionally obsolete.'

Urban AreaStructurally DeficientFunctionally Obsolete
Albany10%30%
Buffalo9%27%
Rochester9%33%
Syracuse14%25%
New York City9%48%

Traveling through this state you be hard pressed to find a driver that isn't just a little apprehensive of a bridge that may fall on the route where they are traveling. We pulled the data for Oneida County.

Top 10 Worst Structurally Deficient Bridges


MunicipalityLocationFeature CarriedFeature CrossedOwnerYear Built Last InspectionSD/FO StatusRating
Whitestown7.63 MI W INT 31 ON I 90JUDD ROAD90IX2L   NYS Thruway Authority19526/6/2017SD3.56
Vernon5 MI EAST OF SYLVAN BEACHHIGGINSVILLE ROADOLD ERIE CANALNYSDOT192510/20/2017SD3.62
VernonVILLAGE OF NORTH BAYWEST LAKE STREETMURRAY BROOK40   Town19304/25/2018SD3.65
LeeIN WEST BRANCHHOUSER ROADWEST BR MOHAWK RIVER40   Town19007/24/2017SD3.67
Trenton.5 MI E JCT RTS 12 & 2828  28 26071025CINCINNATI CREEKNYSDOT19379/1/2016SD3.69
Rome2.5 MI W OF ROMESEIFERT ROADWOOD CREEK42   City19628/9/2017SD3.75
Vernon2 MI SW OF NEW LONDONCR52 SENN ROADOLD ERIE CANALNYSDOT192510/11/2017SD3.76
Vernon3.3 MI.E.SH 13 & CANALHIGGINSVILLE ROADERIE BARGE CANALNYSDOT190810/18/2017SD3.83

 

Top 10 Worst Functionally Obsolete Bridges


 

MunicipalityLocationFeature CarriedFeature CrossedOwnerYear Built  Last InspectionSD/FO Status Rating
Forestport5.5 MI N FORESTPORTROUND LAKE ROADLONG LAKE OUTLET40   Town19815/2/2018FO3.64
Vernon.2 MI NW OF DURHAMVILLEMAIN STREETBRANDY BROOK40   Town19066/20/2017FO3.73
Camden1.5 MI NW FOREST PARK CEMMILL STREETFISH CREEK40   Town196011/9/2017FO4.17
Florence4 MI NW THOMPSON CORNERSManley Taylor RoaMAD RIVER40   Town19677/6/2016FO4.21
Kirkland0.5 M E JCT RTS 233 & 55   5 26103107ORISKANY CREEKNYSDOT199810/12/2016FO4.28
UticaW INT 31 UTICA NY90IXNorth Genesee St.NYSDOT19538/17/2017FO4.45
Kirkland.2 MI E JCT RTS 12B & 23312B 12B26031080ORISKANY CREEKNYSDOT19288/1/2017FO4.47
Marcy4.4 MI E JCT RTS 365 & 4649  49 26023054NINE MILE CREEKNYSDOT199810/12/2016FO4.48
SherrillAT SHERRILLWILLIAMS STREETSCONONDOA CREEK30   County19368/10/2016FO4.49
New Hartford (Town)1 MI NE YAHNUNDASIS LAKEHENDERSON STREETMUD CREEK40   Town20058/8/2016FO4.60

Data current as of July 3, 2018.

Considering the issues every state has with our nation's infrastructure and the complete lack of action on the part of the Federal Government it looks like it will get worse before it gets better. The biggest hurdle to climb is how in the world do we even begin to pay for all the repairs to the bridges roads, dams, airports and more. President Trump's plan has stalled in Congress by both sides of the aisle. Nothing happens and the bridges continue to decay and the price to repair goes through the roof.

Something to ponder, there are 185 million crossings daily on 56,000 nearly structurally deficient US Bridges. Nothing happens and the bridges continue to decay. How long until there is another collapse? Do you cross any of these bridges?

[Infrastructure Report Card]