A state audit has shown the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey waited more than a year to conduct 47 inspections on bridges identified as having conditions that could become dangerous if ignored, the Associated Press reported.
The authority has said the findings amount to a disagreement about inspection standards. Most of the problems were on the George Washington Bridge.
“The authority does not follow the New York state requirements for classifying, reporting and repairing bridge defects,” the audit team wrote. “Instead, it follows its own method but does not always satisfy [New York Department of Transportation] requirements.”
In a written response, port authority chief engineer Peter Zipf said auditors applied inspection standards from the New York State Department of Transportation, when the authority uses a different standard, AP reported.