Report: More Than 55,000 US Bridges Are Structurally Deficient

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WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/AP) —  Thousands of bridges across the U.S. are considered structurally deficient – among them the Brooklyn Bridge and Washington’s Arlington Memorial Bridge, according to a new report.

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 U.S. have been deemed deficient.

ARBTA says deficient bridges are crossed about 185 million times a day.

In Florida, 1,761 bridges or about 14% do not meet the design standards in line with current practices, according to the report. However, the state has identified repairs needing to be made to 744 bridges which they say will cost about $2 billion.

The top 14 most-traveled deficient bridges are located in California.

Bridges labeled structurally deficient aren’t necessarily in immediate danger of collapse. The term is applied when spans need rehabilitation or replacement because at least one major component has advanced deterioration or other problems.

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  1. Hugh Yonn says:

    Bring our guys home from the middle east.
    Use those monies supporting the MIC to rebuild our infrastructures.

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