Many Bergen County bridges nearing end of lifespan
Editors Note : What we should be asking ourselves is why did the county see fit to spend over $1 million dollars on a dog run and $100 million on a county park and yet not see fit to do up keep on local bridges?
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012
BY JOHN C. ENSSLIN
Drive over any bridge in Bergen County and there’s a pretty good chance that it either needs major repairs or replacement, according to a national rating system.
The Kingsland Avenue Bridge in Lyndhurst is among 25 in Bergen County classified as ‘functionally obsolete’ by a rating system used by a national bridge inventory.
The county has 195 bridges, 25 of which have been rated as “functionally obsolete,” meaning that they are candidates for replacement. And 65 others have been rated “structurally deficient,” signifying that major repairs are needed.
But this year, the county will spend just $29 million on bridge repair and reconstruction — a figure that comes nowhere near addressing the amount of work that state inspectors say is needed to return the spans to a state of good repair. For instance, a recent major renovation of a swing-span bridge connecting Hackensack and Bogota cost nearly $20 million.