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ARTBA ANALYSIS SHOWS 230,000 U.S. BRIDGES IN NEED OF REPAIR

ARTBA ANALYSIS SHOWS 230,000 U.S. BRIDGES IN NEED OF REPAIR

Association says 46,000 bridges are “structurally deficient” and in poor condition

Roads&Bridges.com
APRIL 14, 2020

Nearly 231,000 U.S. bridges need major repair work or should be replaced, according to an American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the just-released 2019 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database from the U.S. DOT.

That figure represents 37%, or more than one-third, of all U.S. bridges. If placed end-to-end, the length of these bridges would stretch over 6,300 miles—long enough to make a round trip across the country from New York City to Los Angeles and back again to Chicago.  American drivers cross these bridges 1.5 billion times per day – representing one-third of all daily bridge crossings, according to the data.

ARTBA says that more than 46,000 of those bridges are considered “structurally deficient” and in poor condition. These structures are crossed 178 million times a day. An additional 81,000 bridges should be replaced, according to ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, who led the team conducting the analysis. One-third of interstate highway bridges (18,177 spans) have identified repair needs... FULL ARTICLE

1 comment (Add your own)

1. jason king wrote:
That is a lot of bridges overdue for an over haul!

Thu, April 30, 2020 @ 9:54 PM

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