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Road builders promote bridge repair for economic recovery

Road builders promote bridge repair for economic recovery

FreightWaves.com
John Gallagher, Washington Correspondent  
Monday, April 13, 2020
 
An annual bridge repair survey by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) should be used to focus attention on highway infrastructure funding once policymakers begin digging out from the effects of COVID-19, according to the group.

ARTBA’s 2020 report, released Monday, estimates that 231,000 bridges in the U.S. — 37% of all U.S. bridges — need major repairs or should be replaced at a cost of nearly $164 billion, based on an analysis of 2019 data compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The report also revealed that for the third straight year, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Iowa top ARTBA’s list as the states with the most structurally deficient bridges as a percent of total bridges in each state.

“Economic recovery from coronavirus begins with strategic road and bridge improvements,” said ARTBA President Dave Bauer in a statement. “Increased transportation investments support direct job creation and retention, while putting in place capital assets that will enhance U.S. productivity for decades to come. The sooner we invest in robust new transportation improvements the sooner the American people will experience the economic benefits.” FULL ARTICLE

1 comment (Add your own)

1. James Kingsley wrote:
How can you not repair a bridge?

Do you wait until it falls apart?

Thu, April 30, 2020 @ 9:55 PM

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