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ARTBA analysis reveals over 47,000 U.S. bridges are structurally deficient

ARTBA analysis reveals over 47,000 U.S. bridges are structurally deficient

The number of bridges with structural deficiencies dropped by just 1% last year.

Roads & Bridges
ASSOCIATIONS
APRIL 03, 2019

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the recently released U.S. DOT 2018 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database reveals that 47,052 of U.S. bridges are classified as structurally deficient and in poor condition.

Vehicles of all kinds cross these compromised structures 178 million times each day, the data shows, and nearly 1,775 of the bridges are on the Interstate Highway System. The most traveled structurally deficient bridges are on parts of Rte. 101, I-405 and I-5 in California, where daily crossings are as high as 289,000 per day.

Although the number of structurally deficient bridges is down slightly compared to 2017, the pace of improvement has slowed to the lowest point since ARTBA began compiling their report five years ago. The number of bridges with structural deficiencies dropped by just 1% last year. ARTBA representatives have said that at the current pace, it would take more than 80 years to replace or repair the nation’s structurally deficient bridges... FULL ARTICLE

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