LOCKPORT – The State Comptroller’s Office has issued a report on a bridge maintenance audit, saying Niagara County has a good written plan for repairing and maintaining bridges.
Since 2004, inspections have shown the average bridge in the county has had a condition rating between 5 and 6 on the state’s scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the best.
The state auditors said the county’s bridge records don’t keep track of the money spent to keep up each bridge, but Richard W. Eakin, deputy public works commissioner for engineering, said that objection is false and the county does keep such records.
The report said the county responded promptly to all but a few “flags,” or bridge condition warnings, from state inspectors during a five-year period, with auditors unable to locate documentation for the outcome of seven of 65 “flags.”
The report was made public Wednesday.