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State of Disrepair
New York State Public Radio stations take an extensive look at the impact of government decisions regarding New York’s aging infrastructure in an ongoing series of reports. Led by Capitol Bureau Correspondent Karen DeWitt, journalists across New York State are investigating the state of bridges, roads, water treatment facilities and other infrastructure.
From New York City to Buffalo, reporters look at what it costs tax payers to maintain, repair, and replace this infrastructure. They talk with people in their communities about the importance of this infrastructure, and how federal, state, and local governments can meet their communities’ needs during challenging economic times.
The Town of Williamson is one of many small towns and villages spending millions to keep their small, century-old water treatment plants from going down the drain.
Almost 70,000 bridges and overpasses in America are in need of serious maintenance or they could become dangerous according to a report released Wednesday by Transportation for America.
NYS Public Radio Capitol Bureau Correspondent Karen DeWitt interviewed NY Comptroller Tom DiNapoli about the state's infrastructure and the cost of upgrades and maintenance.
WXXI 1370 Connection Radio Host Bob Smith interviews Rochester Environmental Services Commissioner Paul Holahan about how the city will cope with tight fiscal times while keeping the city's vital systems up and running.
In northern New York, some want to build major piece of new infrastructure. For decades it has been the dream of many in New York's Northern Tier to have an east-west highway constructed across the northernmost part of the state.
WXXI 1370 Connection Radio Host Bob Smith interviewed Maria Lehman, of the American Society of Civil Engineers about the State of Disrepair of many facets of New York' infrastructure and what can be done about it.
There are more than 5,000 dams in New York State. They're mostly used for flood control, to provide drinking water, for hydropower, and to create lakes and ponds for recreation. The fate of one crumbling dam in Lewis County threatens a community's identity and culture.
1370 Connection Radio Host Bob Smith interviewed Andrea Bernstein, the leader of the Transportation Nation project on public radio and online.
- NY Report Card from American Society of Civil Engineers
- NYS Department of Transportation Bridge Data
- NY Comptroller Report on Infrastructure Needs
- 2010 Lt. Gov. Report on Transportation Infrastructure
- NYS Health Dept. - Drinking Water Protection Program
- NYS DEC - Wastewater Infrastructure Needs Report
- NYS Water Resources Institute at Cornell University