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Lewis Highway Department sets up plan for maintenance

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LOWVILLE — A state comptroller’s audit released July 19 found the Lewis County Highway Department lacked a written plan for bridge maintenance and repairs.

While the county has had a plan in place since 2009, it has not been in writing and publicized, according to Highway Superintendent David L. Becker, who took office in May 2012.

In February, Mr. Becker said they began getting that plan in writing.

“When we learned about the audit, they said it was going to help us and it did,” said Mr. Becker. “We’ve got everything in place now.”

The audit indicated the county received a consistent number of bridge flags, averaging nine per year. Red flags indicate a failure of a primary structural component of the bridge that is likely to occur before the next scheduled yearly inspection.

A yellow flag represents a potentially hazardous structural condition that, if left unattended, could become a clear and present danger before the next inspection.

Currently, the county has no red flags, according to Mr. Becker, and any yellow flags are being addressed.

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