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Monroe County bridges in need of repairs
Pittsford, N.Y. -- Shut down for emergency repairs, the Chili Avenue bridge over the Erie Canal along the border of Gates and the City of Rochester is not the only one in need of some work, but there is a long waiting list.
One-third of the 600 bridges in Monroe County fall below federal standards and need to be repaired, and 19 score below the New York State Department of Transportation's recommended rating.
The county's lowest rated bridge is also heavily traveled. Each day, more than 60,000 cars drive over Interstate 490 over Marsh Road in Pittsford.
"Obviously, the safety of the bridge once it gets a rating like that is of great concern to us, but we have confidence in the evaluation of the engineers at the State DOT who have told us it is safe," said Pittsford Supervisor Bill Smith.
The state inspects each bridge at least once every two years. Last inspected in 2013, the state put in a steal beam to reinforce the Marsh Road bridge. But with the cement crumbling, the entire structure will need to be replaced. The only question is when.
"They don't have a date yet set to replace it," Smith said. "It is slated to for a total replacement, and it could come as early as next summer, summer of 2015, but that hasn't been confirmed."
With the lowest-ranked bridge in Monroe County, the Town of Pittsford will have to wait at least a year for work to start unless an emergency crew is brought in.
The state ranks the condition of bridges on a scale of 1-7 (1 = brand new, 7 = shut down). Below is a list of the bridges in Monroe County with a rating of 4 or lower:
The bridge on route 334 over Black Creek in the Town of Chili
The I-490 westbound and eastbound bridges over CSX tracks in the Town of Chili
The Union Street bridge that crosses over I-90 on the Town of Chili
The Ontario Street Bridge that crosses over Irondequoit Creek in the Village of East Rochester
The Lyell Avenue bridge that crosses over I-390 in the Town of Gates
The Coldwater Road bridge that crossed over Little Black Creek in the Town of Gates
The I-390 northbound and southbound bridges that crosses over Trolley Boulevard in the Town of Gates
The bridge on route 260 that crosses over West Creek in the Town of Hamlin
The Bay View Road bridge that crosses over I-590 in the Town of Irondequoit
The North Winton Bridge that crosses over I-590 in the Town of Irondequoit
The Gillett Road bridge that crosses over NY-Central Railroad in the Town of Ogden
The Marsh Road bridge over the Erie Canal in the Town of Perinton
The bridge on I-490 that crosses over Marsh Road in the Town of Perinton
The Broad Street bridge over the abandoned subway and subway tunnel in the City of Rochester
The Ponte De Rennes bridge that crosses over the Genesee in the City of Rochester
The Scott Cresent bridge over the Erie Canal in the Village of Scottsville
The Klem Road bridge that crosses over Mill Creek in the Town of Webster