According to an analysis of federal data by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, more than 47 000 of America’s bridges are “structurally deficient” and in poor condition. The estimated cost for needed repairs is around $171 billion!
The pace of repair has slowed
Not only that the pace has slowed, but it also came to its lowest point in the last five years. At the current rate, it would take almost 80 years to fix all of America’s structurally deficient bridges.
ARTBA analysis of the latest Department of Transportation data shows the length of America’s structurally deficient bridges if placed end-to-end would span nearly 1,100 miles.
This association adds that almost 40% of bridges need repair, replacement or major rehabilitation. It is also said that one in every three – interstate highway bridges have what it calls “identifiable repair needs.”
Bridges are more than frequently used
Trucks, cars and school buses cross mentioned compromised structures 178 million times every day, the data show. Nearly 1,775 are on the Interstate Highway System. The most traveled structurally deficient bridges are on parts of Route 101, Interstate 405 and Interstate 5 in California, where daily crossings are as high as 289,000 per day.
The report is no April Fool’s joke
Dr. Alison Premo Black, the ARTBA chief economist who conducted the analysis says “Sadly, this report is no April Fool’s joke. At the current pace, it would take more than 80 years to replace or repair the nation’s structurally deficient bridges. That’s longer than the average life expectancy of a person living in the U.S.”
“America’s bridge network is outdated, underfunded and in urgent need of modernization. State and local government just haven’t been given the necessary resources to get the job done.”
There’s been reported 10 jurisdictions with the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges: North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Louisiana, Maine, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Iowa, West Virginia and Rhode Island (with the highest percent).