dglobalnews.com Study says IN has 13th most 'structurally deficient' bridges IN the country
Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Markets | By Armando Jensen

Study says IN has 13th most 'structurally deficient' bridges IN the country

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.

Although the numbers of deficient bridges have declined in recent years, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's analysis of transportation department data shows more than 55,000 bridges in the US have been deemed deficient.

Among the names on the list are some high-profile structures like New York's Throgs Neck, and Connecticut's Yankee Doodle.

The new data comes as President Trump has vowed to inject $1 trillion into the nation's crumbling infrastructure, including for road, bridge and tunnel upgrades.

Cars, trucks and school buses drove across structurally compromised bridges about 185 million times per day previous year, according to the report. State transportation officials have identified 13,000 bridges along interstates that need replacement, widening or major reconstruction, according to the group. If that's all the improvement that can be gained in 12 months, the group says it would take more than 20 years to improve or replace all of the bridges on the list. "It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization", Black says.

Other bridges in our area in the report included I-271 north/southbound over Wilson Mills Road, and I-77 over Market Cleveland in Stark County.

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"America's highway network is woefully underperforming".

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

Of more than 4,200 bridges in CT, 8 percent are classified as structurally deficient, according to ARTBA.

MI ranks 16th in the nation when it comes to the number of structurally deficient bridges. MI has 1,234 (11 percent) of its bridges that fall into that category. The ones with the lowest are Washington D.C., Nevada, Delaware, Hawaii and Utah.

The five states with the most deficient bridges are Iowa with 4,968, Pennsylvania with 4,506, Oklahoma with 3,460, Missouri with 3,195 and Nebraska with 2,361.

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