State identifies seven bridges in WNY in need of upgrades

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AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – The state has identified seven bridges in Western New York that are most at-risk from repeated flooding and in need of upgrades and retrofits.

The bridges are among 51 statewide that state officials say have been scoured and have lost foundation materials like sand and rocks from around and beneath abutments, piers, foundations and embankments.

The 51 bridges will cost more than $257 million to repair. The state hopes to use $193 million in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for the projects.

In Western New York, it will cost the state $13.5 million to upgrade or retrofit the following bridges:

In Erie County:

  • Rt. 78 bridge over Black Creek in Amherst
  • Rt. 78 bridge over Gil Creek in Amherst
  • Rt. 39 bridge over Cattaraugus Creek in Sardinia

In Cattaraugus County:

  • Rt. 62 bridge over Mud Creek in Conewango

In Genesee County:

  • Rt. 20 bridge over Tonawanda Creek in Alexander
  • Rt. 5 bridge over Tonawanda Creek in Batavia

In Wyoming County:

  • Rt. 78 bridge over East Koy Creek in Wethersfield
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