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Comptroller DiNapoli Says State Isn't Properly Monitoring Safety Of Railroad Bridges

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A new report from State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the state isn't properly monitoring the safety of railroad bridges.

The report says the state Department of Transportation isn't making sure the nearly 3,000 railroad bridges owned or maintained by 38 railroads statewide are being properly inspected.

DiNapoli says proper records showing updated safety plans and inspections aren't being kept.

He calls for the agency to establish better communications with railroads and keep better records.

In response, the DOT says the railroads are responsible for their own inspections and that the 48 state-owned bridges will be inspected by the end of the year as required.

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