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Thousands of US bridges are 'structurally deficient' as pace of repair slows to lowest point in five years, industry group says

Thousands of US bridges are 'structurally deficient' as pace of repair slows to lowest point in five years, industry group says

- More than 47,000 of America's 616,087 bridges are "structurally deficient," according to an analysis of federal data by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

- The pace of repair has slowed to its lowest point in five years.

- ARTBA's primary goal is to aggressively grow and protect transportation infrastructure investment. Many of its 8,000 members stand to benefit from increased funding.

CNBC.com
Stephanie Dhue
Updated 8:08 AM ET Mon, 1 April 2019

WASHINGTON – Nearly 235,000, or some 38 percent of all U.S. bridges, need repair, replacement or major rehab, according to an analysis of federal data by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

The association combed through the Department of Transportation 2018 Bridge Inventory database to find that the number of structurally deficient bridges — those considered to be in poor condition according to the Federal Highway Administration — dropped just 1 percent from 2017, to 47,052 out of a total of 616,087 U.S. bridges. But the pace of improvement has slowed to the lowest point since the group began doing this analysis five years ago.

"The total inventory of structurally deficient bridges is down by about 567, which is a very slow pace compared to what we've seen in previous years," said Alison Premo Black, the association's chief economist who conducted the analysis. "At that pace, it would take over 80 years to repair or replace those bridges, which is just a ridiculously long time." FULL ARTICLE

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