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Infrastructure blues

November 1, 2011
By John Danis , YESeleven

St. Lawrence County is home to 322 highway bridges. One hundred twenty-six of those bridges are classified "deficient," and many are weight-restricted. That is one in three bridges. The "Big County" is also served by 1,120 miles of roads. Of these, 678 miles are labeled as "fair" or "poor." That is more than 50 percent of our road miles. Additionally, many of our municipal water and sewage treatment systems are reaching the end of their useful lifespans. Imagine how much money it will take just to fix what we already have. Who is going to pay for it? The villages that are considering dissolving for the weight of their costs? The towns that are caught between a rock and a tax cap? Our county that is $13 million in the red and counting? New York state with its $9 billion-and-growing deficit?

 
 

 

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