Nearly 56,000 bridges nationwide, which vehicles cross 185 million times a day, are structurally deficient, a bridge construction group announced Wednesday.
The list is based on Transportation Department data.
scores bridges on a nine-point scale, and while the deficient ones might
not be imminently unsafe, they are classified in need of attention.
More than one in four bridges (173,919) are at least 50 years old and
have never had major reconstruction work, according to the ARTBA
State transportation officials have identified 13,000 bridges
along interstates that need replacement, widening or major
reconstruction, according to the group.
"America's highway network is
woefully underperforming," said Alison Premo Black, the group's chief
economics who conducted the analysis.
"It is outdated, overused,
underfunded and in desperate need of modernization." 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.
The eight states where at least 15% of the bridges are deficient are:
Rhode Island at 25%, Pennsylvania at 21%, Iowa and South Dakota at 20%,
West Virginia at 17%, and Nebraska, North Dakota and Oklahoma at 15%.