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The Preservation League of New York State has named three Olmsted pedestrian bridges in Genesee Valley Park to its "Seven to Save" list for 2014-2015. The list identifies what the league considers to be the state's most threatened historic resources.

The concrete bridges were designed by the Olmstead Brothers landscape design firm and built in the early 20th century. A 2011 study by the State Department of Transportation found that the bridges have structure deficiencies, erosion issues, and other concerns, the league says.

The league blames the condition of the bridges on limited funding, deferred maintenance, and uncertainty over who is responsible for the bridges' care.

Wayne Goodman, executive director of the Landmark Society of Western New York, says in a press release that the bridges are a community asset "and a highly visible feature in one of our most important historic landscapes, Genesee Valley Park."

The league's goal is to cooperate with other concerned parties, including the Landmark Society, to devise a plan for repair and maintenance of the bridges.

The bridges are also on the Landmark Society's "Five to Revive" list.

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