senate Bill S555

Directs commissioner of transportation, upon finding that a bridge has defects, to establish and implement an emergency plan for drivers and communities affected

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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
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Summary

Directs the commissioner of transportation, upon a finding that a bridge has consistent defects and/or safety concerns, to establish and implement an emergency plan for the drivers and the communities that would be affected if such bridge closes for repairs.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A537
Versions:
S555
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Highway Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง231, Hway L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S7250, A10996

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BILL NUMBER:S555

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the highway law, in relation to directing the commissioner of
transportation, upon a finding that
a bridge has consistent structural defects and/or safety concerns,
to establish and implement
an emergency plan for the drivers and the communities affected by
the closure of such bridge

PURPOSE:
Directs the Department of Transportation
commissioner to
establish and implement an emergency plan for drivers and communities
affected by a closure of a bridge prior to such closure.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends paragraphs (d) and (e) of
subdivision 3 of section 231 of the highway law and add a new
paragraph (f) is added requiring upon the finding that a bridge has
consistent structural defects and/or safety concerns determined in
accordance with the uniform code of bridge inspection, establish and
implement an emergency plan for rerouting the traffic and for
assisting the drivers and communities affected should a closure of
such bridge be necessary.

Section 2 - This act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION:
The Lake Champlain Bridge which spanned the state line between Crown
Point, New York and Chimney Point, Vermont was closed in October 2009
and demolished in December 2009 due to major structural defects. The
closure of the bridge caused economic hardship for commuters and
local businesses as traffic is greatly reduced on both sides of the
lake. The two main detours for commuters were private ferry services;
one about 15 miles south of the bridge, and the other service about
25 miles n011h of the bridge. Even with expanded hours, and New York
State subsidies, the two private services could not meet the demand
nor could they continue operating once ice formed on the Lake.

In February 2010 a temporary ferry service began operating at the site
of the original bridge. This ferry service runs approximately every
15 minutes, 24 hours a day free to riders due to a subsidy provided
by the New York State Department of Transportation.

Although the response of the closure was addressed fairly quickly, the
economic and personal disruptions could have been lessened if a plan
was in place prior to the closure of the bridge.
With many other bridges in similar or worse shape than the Lake
Champlain Bridge this legislation would assist other communities
facing similar inconveniences.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.7250 Transportation; A.10996 Transportation


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To Be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   555

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. LITTLE, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed,  and  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transporta-
  tion

AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to  directing  the  commis-
  sioner  of transportation, upon a finding that a bridge has consistent
  structural defects and/or safety concerns, to establish and  implement
  an  emergency plan for the drivers and the communities affected by the
  closure of such bridge

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Paragraphs (d) and (e) of subdivision 3 of section 231 of
the highway law, as added by chapter  781  of  the  laws  of  1988,  are
amended and a new paragraph (f) is added to read as follows:
  (d)  make  available  training materials to persons performing mainte-
nance and inspection pursuant to this article; [and]
  (e) prescribe  qualifications  of  bridge  design,  construction,  and
inspection  experience  for  licensed  professional  engineers  who  may
perform or supervise bridge inspections  or  evaluations  in  accordance
with the provisions of this article[.]; AND
  (F)  UPON  THE FINDING THAT A BRIDGE HAS CONSISTENT STRUCTURAL DEFECTS
AND/OR SAFETY CONCERNS, AS DETERMINED IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH  THE  UNIFORM
CODE  OF  BRIDGE  INSPECTION ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED
THIRTY-TWO OF THIS ARTICLE, ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT  AN  EMERGENCY  PLAN
FOR REROUTING THE TRAFFIC, AND FOR ASSISTING THE DRIVERS AND COMMUNITIES
AFFECTED SHOULD A CLOSURE OF SUCH BRIDGE BE NECESSARY PURSUANT TO SUBDI-
VISION TWO OF THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01294-01-1

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