HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – A bridge on Mile Strip Road over I-90 in Hamburg is just one of hundreds of bridges in Western New York in need of repair, but like many of the others, it’s not being fixed.
Erie County Commissioner of Public Works John Loffredo said, “It’s all money related and money driven. Right now I don’t think any local government is at the level they should be.”
Senator Charles Schumer says more of that money needs to come from the federal level.
“We all pay money through the highway trust fund through gasoline taxes. We know how high the price of gas is. We at least should get some back and some of it out to go to our local bridges,” he said.
Right now, New York gets $71 million to help pay for bridge repairs.
Time could be running out to get more because a transportation bill that’s moving through Congress, which will lock in the current funding at that level for another six years.
Loffredo said, “If those federal funds are shut off, it’s going to take a period of time and our bridges will deteriorate and there will be bridges that are closed.”
Numbers compiled by Senator Schumer’s office show that In Erie County, 76 bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Three of them are in immediate need of repairs.
Two of those bridges are on Allen Road in East Concord. The other goes over the Black Creek on Goodrich Road in Clarence.
The Department of Public works says the rest are safe, for now.
“We inspect them, they’re inspected and they are safe. If they weren’t safe we would post them or close them; we would make sure the public is not in jeopardy,” said Loffredo.