New York State has 17,000 highway bridges. There are some bad ones. The Tappan Zee Bridge, for example, is set to be replaced because of aging infrastructure.
The state rates bridges on a scale of 1 to 7. Anything below a 5 is considered deficient.
We pulled more than 35 pages of recent inspection data on bridges in the five boroughs. We found 710 bridges to be in the deficient category, including a span of the RFK Bridge that is rated 2.92 and a portion of the Brooklyn Bridge rated 2.94.
The low rating does not mean they are unsafe, but that some maintenance and rehab is needed.
Lucius Riccio, a former commissioner of the city's DOT, said that though nearly a third of city bridges are considered deficient, none is dangerous. He credited heavy investments in infrastructure over the last decade and insisted the city has some of the safest and strongest bridges in the country.
Members of the community of the Riverdale section of the Bronx gathered above the site of the crash of a metro-north train to pray for the injured and the dead. Four passengers were killed and more than 60 injured when the commuter train heading to Manhattan from Poughkeepsie derailed Sunday morning near the Spuyten Duyvil station.
Commuters who rely on Metro-North trains to get to and from New York City will need to make adjustments to their regular travel plans. Expect reduced service on the Hudson Line between Poughkeepsie and Yonkers following Sunday's deadly train derailment in the Bronx.