Municipalities generally receive funding from the federal and state governments but are responsible for the costs of locally owned bridges. A new declaration on the state of bridges across New York could be a sign that municipalities need to plan for absorbing the costs of repair. In its report last week, the State Comptroller’s office reported that local governments need to spend over $27 billion to maintain and repair locally-owned bridges. While federal grant aid may cover 80% of the costs of maintenance and repairs, local governments may remain responsible for some, if not all, of the balance.