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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

2017 FINANCIAL CONDITION REPORT

Transportation


Highway Conditon Ratings in New York Structurally Deficient State Bridges Functionally Obsolete State Bridges

Highway Conditions Have Improved Since 2012

  • The State is responsible for maintaining more than 42,700 lane miles of highway.
  • The number of highway lane miles rated poor to fair has decreased by 7.8 percent since 2012.
  • In 2016, 63.3 percent of the State’s highway lane miles were rated good to excellent, a 3.2 percentage point increase since 2012.

Bridge Conditions Have Improved Since 2012, but Are Worse Than in Other States

  • In 2016, New York State was responsible for maintaining 8,477 bridges.**
  • A bridge is considered structurally deficient if it has deterioration to one or more major components, but is not unsafe. In 2016, 9 percent of State-maintained bridges were rated structurally deficient. This is an improvement from 9.4 percent in 2012, but it compares unfavorably to the 5.5 percent share for all other states combined.
  • A bridge is considered functionally obsolete if it was built using outdated standards, such as older design features. While data was not available for 2016, looking back as far as 2007, the State’s percentage of functionally obsolete bridges has consistently been more than double the share in all other states combined.

**Based upon the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, National Bridge Inventory, we have included as State-maintained bridges, all bridges where the owner is State, State Park, Other State and State Toll.


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