More than 2,000 New York state bridges structurally deficient

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September 16, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government says more than 2,000 New York state bridges are structurally deficient and badly need repairs. That list includes the Brooklyn Bridge and the gridlocked, accident-prone Kosciuszko Bridge.

The state is spending $800 million for a new Kosciuszko. Major repairs are also underway on the George Washington Bridge and the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge leading to Kennedy International Airport.

New York state is sprinkled with bridges that were not designed for the volume of traffic they are handling. Emergency construction on dozens has been accelerated. Others were shut down altogether.

An Associated Press review of national bridge records found that there are more than 65,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country.

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