Multiple bridges in Finger Lakes to receive funding this year

Locust St. bridge in Waterloo, which shows extensive, visible signs of disrepair. Photo by Josh Durso.

Some bridges in desperate need of repair in the Finger Lakes region will finally see some work. A package was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to replace and repair 23 bridges and culverts in the region.

The measure will cost $19.7 million dollars, and will be part of Cuomo’s BRIDGE NY initiative, which focuses on repairing struggling infrastructure around the state.

Multiple bridges in Cayuga, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties will be part of the project.

Below are those projects highlighted in the region:

– The Locust Street bridge over the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Waterloo, which will cost $3.895 million. This bridge was built in 1914 and received a 2.92 rating from the New York State Department of Transportation. This bridge has been closed and does not currently see traffic.

– The Main Street bridge over Salmon Creek in Sodus, which will cost $371,000. This Sodus bridge was built in 1917 and is labeled as structurally deficient, according to the Department of Transportation.

– The East Avenue bridge over the Erie Canal in Newark, which will cost $404,000. This bridge received a significantly higher mark, as per the Department of Transportation — scoring a 5.17 on the rating system. It is labeled ‘functionally obsolete’, but is owned by the Village of Newark.

– The Lake Road bridge that crosses a tributary to Lake Ontario, which is located in Wayne County and will cost $140,000.

– The County Road 1 bridge over a Canandaigua Lake tributary, which will cost $1 million.

– The Loomis Road bridge over the West River in Middlesex, which will cost $395,000. This bridge received a 4.76 rating at last inspection in 2012 — and was built in 1953.

– The State Street bridge, which goes over the Owasco Outlet in Auburn will mean $4.75 million for the City of Auburn.

– The New York Central Road bridge over the Owasco Outlet in Mentz will also receive a sizable piece of funding for bridge repairs. They will see $1.473 million in funding. This bridge is labeled ‘structurally deficient’ and was built in 1968.

– Throop is going to receive $903,000 for the Nugent Road bridge over Crane Brook. This bridge was built in 1950 and is labeled ‘functionally obsolete’.

– Sterling will receive $285,000 for repairs to the Schoolcraft Road bridge, which crosses over the Sterling Valley Creek. It was built in 1957 and has a rating of 4.33. It’s labeled as ‘structurally deficient’ according to the Department of Transportation.

Many bridges throughout the state have suffered through years of neglect, as most of the bridges in the plan were built 50- or more years ago.

Search all bridge data in the Finger Lakes here by county.

Check out the entire Infrastructure Report Card here, where New York was graded as receiving a C-.

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