Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
We know New York is an old city with aging infrastructure, but now we have an idea of just how vulnerable it is.
The Center for an Urban Future has interviewed hundreds of infrastructure experts and reveals a city seemingly held together with spit and glue. The report found that a substantial portion of the city's water mains, subways, public housing and roads are more than 50 years old and in serious need of repair. But to bring the city's essential infrastructure into that state of good repair will take several years—and $47 billion.
"This is a city where so much of it was built up in the first half of the 20th century, it's an old city," Jonathan Bowles, CUF's executive director, said on the Brian Lehrer Show. "It's more than just water main breaks. A lot of our basic infrastructure is deteriorating."
Key findings include:
The authors of the report suggest the city needs to invest $47.3 billion in the next five years to replace and repair the existing infrastructure.