FORESTBURGH - Five bridge replacement projects in the towns of Forestburgh, Mamakating and Neversink will go out for bid in the next two months, kicking off a $10 million effort to repair aging bridges throughout Sullivan County.

The bridges include Bridge 82 on County Route 49 in Forestburgh, Bridge 360 on Hamilton Road in Mamakating, Bridge 192 on Hunter Road in Neversink, Bridge 243 on David Rhodes Road in Mamakating and Bridge 269 on Pine Kill Road in Mamakating. The bridges range in age from 51 to 68 years old.

The repairs will be funded mostly through a $10 million bond approved by the Sullivan County Legislature earlier this year, according to a previous Times Herald-Record report.

The first five bridges replacements were identified by the Sullivan County Department of Public Works as needing the most attention, according to a Sullivan County news release issued Friday.

Nadia Rajsz, vice chair of the Sullivan County Legislature, said in the release that lawmakers will solicit bids for nearly the entire $10 million amount over the next month.

"The safety of our commuters and visitors is paramount," she said in the release. " At the same time, we're accomplishing this without hiking taxes for our property owners."

Nearly a dozen bridges in total are expected to be repaired in the next two years, according to a previous Record report. The county maintains about 400 bridges, in all.

"Thanks to a decades-old decision by the former Board of Supervisors to transfer most bridge repair and replacement duties from our 15 townships to the county, we have responsibility for 400 bridges spread across county and town roads," Deputy County Manager Dan Depew said in the release. "Keeping up with that responsibility is extremely expensive, consuming great time and resources.... Nevertheless, we plan to meet that obligation in the years ahead."