12/05/2013 12:50 EST | Updated 02/04/2014 05:59 EST

New Brunswick auditor general calls for increased maintenance of bridges

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick's auditor general says the provincial government is not doing enough to maintain infrastructure such as bridges.

Kim MacPherson says 293 bridges in the province are considered to be in poor condition.

She says that doesn't mean they are unsafe, but they do need significant maintenance in order to keep them in service.

In her report last year, MacPherson highlighted the issue of budget cuts to roads, saying that delaying work could cost five or six times as much to fix in the future.

MacPherson says the province needs a long-term infrastructure plan.