Bridge task force report reveals 11 bridges in New York state were flagged for structural or safety issues.

The Irondequoit Bay Bridge was found to have minor structural deficiencies, causing it to  receive a "yellow flag" and a "safety flag" after a state mandated inspection in late August. 


The "yellow flag" was issued for single, hairline cracks in two concrete pedestals on top of the bridge piers, according to the New York State Department of Transportation, and a safety flag because of damage to a concrete barrier that probably was caused by a vehicle hitting it.


Forty-nine New York state deck truss bridges like the one that collapsed in Minneapolis a few months ago were inspected after Gov. Eliot Spitzer created a task force to conduct the inspections in August.


The governor had also mandated that a report be issued back to him within 30 days.
Approximately 5 percent of the bridges inspected were flagged for some type of deficiency, according to the report issued by the New York State Bridge Task Force on Aug. 31. 


Five of these bridges had structural issues that require further investigation within the next six weeks. Only two bridges received "red flags", the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, and the Route 9W bridge in Orange County.


"Red flags" are only issued for structurally critical deficiencies, while "yellow flags" indicated less critical conditions, such as a minor structural flaw. "Safety flags" are issued for conditions that present a safety hazard to the public or traffic, but do not affect the structural integrity of the bridge.


Repairs to the bay bridge are expected to be planned and finished by the end of the year, according to local New York State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Lori Maher.


Tori Uthe can be reached at 394-0770 ext. 218 or tuthe@mpnewspapers.com.