Bridges and Highways — Serious Deterioration Being Attacked Aggressively

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., (M.ASCE), Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 11, Pg. 70-73

Document Type: Feature article


Due to years of starvation of maintenance and reconstruction budgets, New York City's backlog of road and bridge reconstruction needs is huge. The city has 5,300 miles of streets, about 2,300 of which is so old it needs not just resurfacing but reconstruction. Of some 1,300 bridges and overpass structures in the city, 135 are labeled in critical condition and in need of immediate repairs, and 168 in fair condition and in need of rehabilitation. Happily, city leadership now realizes the central role of infrastructure including streets and bridges, is committed to spending the dollars needed to do the necessary rehabilitation. Inventories of bridges and their condition are being made. Contracts for designing needed rehabilitation measures have been let for key structures. More rehab money is available from Uncle Sam than in the past. The hurdles to cross now are as much management and administration as anything—gearing up to spend 10 times as much for road and bridge rehab as in the past, and spreading the sluggish pace of engineering contracts through the maze of city bureaucrats, laws and regulations.

Subject Headings: Rehabilitation | Highway bridges | Deterioration | Streets | Contracts | Maintenance | Budgets | Overpasses and underpasses | New York | United States

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