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47,000 Bridges Nationwide Are Structurally Deficient, ARTBA Analysis Finds

47,000 Bridges Nationwide Are Structurally Deficient, ARTBA Analysis Finds

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Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 1, 2019 12:15 AM, EDT

Iowa, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma have the dubious distinction of leading the country with the highest number of bridges deemed structurally deficient, according to a recent analysis by the group that represents road builders.

In Iowa, there are 4,675 structurally deficient bridges, which amounts to nearly 20% of the state’s bridges, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association determined in a recent review of federal data.

Seven of Iowa’s structurally deficient bridges are located on the interstate highway system. The state identified repair needs on 15,350 bridges, the estimated cost of which would be $1.6 billion, according to the analysis. Iowa has 24,123 bridges... FULL ARTICLE

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