There Are 56K 'Structurally Deficient' Bridges in US

Report More than 1,200 Michigan bridges falling apart

The annual report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, which draws its data from federal statistics, ranks Virginia 21st among states with bad bridges.

According to the list, the five states with the highest number of structurally deficient bridges are Iowa, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Missouri and Nebraska.

The report does not release information on each bridge that is considered to be structurally deficient, but it did release which ones are the most traveled structurally deficient bridges.

The group's analysis of transportation department data shows that motorists cross deficient bridges about 185 million times a day.

Cars, trucks and school buses drove across structurally compromised bridges about 185 million times per day past year, according to the report. But ARTBA says state transportation departments have pointed out 13,000 interstate bridges that either need replacement, widening, or major work. At that pace, it would take more than 20 years to address all of the problems structures.

"It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization", Black said. And while the nation's inventory of structurally deficient bridges has declined 0.5% since 2015, it would take more than two decades to replace or fix all of them if the current pace holds.

MI ranks 16th in the nation when it comes to the number of structurally deficient bridges. The information was compiled into ARTBA's 2017 Bridge Report.

They're a familiar sight on every commute, but now a new study says thousands of American bridges are in disrepair. While these bridges may not be imminently unsafe, their inclusion in the U.S. DOT report indicates that they are in need of attention.

Bridges labeled structurally deficient aren't necessarily in immediate danger of collapse. Washington D.C. contained the least deficient bridges of the regions tracked with only 9, while Nevada was the state with the least at only 31.

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