Are Bridges Near You Structurally Deficient?
An analysis of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 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.
“America’s highway network is woefully underperforming. It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization,” says American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, who conducted the analysis. “State and local transportation departments haven’t been provided the resources to keep pace with the nation’s bridge needs.”
To help ensure public safety, bridge decks and support structures are regularly inspected for deterioration and remedial action. They are rated on a scale of zero to nine – with nine meaning the bridge is in “excellent” condition. A bridge is classified as structurally deficient and in need of repair if its overall rating is four or below. While these bridges may not be imminently unsafe, they are in need of attention.
ARTBA’s website has a map that lets you click on any state to see a listing of which bridges need to be repaired. ARTBA’s chief economist told CNN that the structurally deficient classification only means a bridge needs repair, not necessarily that it’s dangerous.
To see which bridges are near you, please visit: http://www.artba.org/deficient-bridge-report-home/