55,710 U.S. Bridges Are 'Structurally Deficient,' Fed Govt Bridge Study Reveals 55,710 U.S. Bridges Are 'Structurally Deficient,' Fed Govt Bridge Study Reveals
By Martin Hill
LibertyFight.com
February 19, 2017


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The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has issued an interesting analysis of the federal government's report on the nation's bridges.

Their press release stated, in part,

"An analysis of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT) recently-released 2016 National Bridge Inventory data finds cars, trucks and school buses cross the nation's 55,710 structurally compromised bridges 185 million times daily. About 1,900 are on the Interstate Highway System. State transportation departments have identified 13,000 Interstate bridges that need replacement, widening or major reconstruction.

...Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, who conducted the analysis, says the data shows 28 percent of bridges (173,919) are over 50 years old and have never had any major reconstruction work in that time.

Iowa (4,968), Pennsylvania (4,506), Oklahoma (3,460), Missouri (3,195), Nebraska (2,361), Illinois (2,243), Kansas (2,151), Mississippi (2,098), Ohio (1,942) and New York (1,928) have the most structurally deficient bridges. The District of Columbia (9), Nevada (31), Delaware (43), Hawaii (64) and Utah (95) have the least.

1,900 structurally deficient bridges are on the Interstate Highway System. Average age of a structurally deficient bridge is 67 years old, compared to 39 years for non-deficient bridges. 41% of U.S. bridges (250,406) are over 40 years old and have not had major reconstruction work.

At least 15 percent of the bridges in eight states- Rhode Island (25 percent), Iowa (21 percent), Pennsylvania (20 percent), South Dakota (20 percent), West Virginia (17 percent), Nebraska (15 percent), North Dakota (15 percent) and Oklahoma (15 percent)- fall in the structurally deficient category.


Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Texas and Florida had the least amount (0% to 4.9%) of structurally deficient bridges.

Rhode Island is the worst state listed percentage-wise, with 192 of the state's 772 bridges deemed structurally deficient, totalling a whopping 24.9% of the state's total bridge inventory.

Perhaps not coincidentally, District of Columbia had the least number of structurally deficient bridges, with only 9 out of 245 total needing repair.


1,388 or 5.5% of California's 25,431 bridges need repair.

Texas has the most bridges of any state, 53,488 total, with only 900, or 1.7%, needing repair.

New York has 17,462 bridges, with only 1,928, or 11% deemed structurally deficient.


Iowa has the most structurally deficient bridges in the nation, 4,968, (20.5%) followed by Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Ohio and New York, comprising the "top ten" states with the most dangerous bridges.

Nevada has the lowest percentage of bad bridges, with 31 out of 1,933 or 1.6% needing repair.

The top 14 of the most-travelled structurally deficient bridges in the nation are in California, with the majority on state route 110.

"Federal funds on average provide 51% of annual state DOT capital outlays for highway & bridge projects," the study reveals.


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