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PAULINE'S PICKS: Newspaper's Database Examines Safety of Hudson Valley Bridges

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

PAULINE'S PICKS: Newspaper's Database Examines Safety of Hudson Valley Bridges

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It's often said that ignorance is bliss, but when it comes to the safety of our bridges, the public has a right to know how the infrastructure is holding up.

Last week's bridge collapse in Minneapolis brought to light an issue that not too many people, besides civil engineers, tend to think about -- bridge safety.

The Times-Herald Record in Middletown, N.Y. recently put together a searchable database of more than 5,000 bridges that are located in the Hudson Valley Region. It went live yesterday and was put together by a five-person team, based on information gathered from the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting.

Visitors can search for bridges a variety of ways and learn of that bridge's inspection records. Other features include a look at the area's worst bridges, a discussion with a bridge expert and current updates on New York State's emergency inspections.

For instance, residents in Nyack, N.Y. might want to know that at the bridge at the junction of Route 187 and the Hudson River, the bank is beginning to slump. River control devices and embankment protection have widespread minor damage. …

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