Bridge Report Finds Nearly 56000 Bridges Still Need Attention

Muriel SparksFeb 16 , 2017

Bridges labeled structurally deficient aren't necessarily in immediate danger of collapse.

CT was among the states to reduce the percentage of structurally deficient bridges in 2016, down 5 percent from the year before according to an American Road & Transportation Builders Association analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

That's good for second behind Iowa, which again led the annual report with 4,968, also an improvement for the state from previous year. Bridges with one or more key elements in poor condition are deemed structurally deficient.

The group's analysis of transportation department data shows that motorists cross deficient bridges about 185 million times a day. The part of I-95 that covers Olde Richmond and Fishtown was the most traveled in the state, with 208,978 daily crossings.

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The report says Texas has identified 12,048 bridges in need of fix, which the state estimates would cost about $2 billion.

The list is based on Transportation Department data.

The ARTBA report says the estimated cost of needed repairs on Louisiana's 3,217 bridges is $4 billion.

"America's highway network is woefully underperforming", said Alison Premo Black, the group's chief economics who conducted the analysis.

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The 2017 Bridge report also offers specific information, including rankings of the 250 most heavily travelled structurally deficient bridges in the nation and the 25 most heavily traveled in each state.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind -They're a familiar sight on every commute, but now a new study says thousands of American bridges are in disrepair. The top 14 most-traveled deficient bridges are in California.

President Donald Trump has promised to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure improvements.

Five local Virginia bridges made the top 10 list for that state in most-traveled bridges that need fix.

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