ALBANY, N.Y. - A new report Monday by the Department of Transportation shows more than 2,000 bridges in New York State are in need of repairs or to be replaced, and more than 100 of those bridges are in Albany County.
Experts say when a bridge reaches 50-years old, it's a prime candidate to be replaced. There are 107 bridges in Albany County that surpass that age; some that are still being used since they were first built in the 1800's.
The DOT says 25 of those bridges are considered structurally deficient and in need of attention.
New York DOT spokesman Bryan Viggiani says all open bridges are safe. "If we find that the bridge is unsafe, we close it immediately," he said.
He adds the DOT should be replacing 12 bridges per year in the Capital Region, but right now are replacing about two a year, leaving many people uneasy.
The reason for so much bridge work comes down to two factors, age and weather.
Viggiani says even though his department inspects bridges every two years - the money isn't always there to expedite repairs.