The length of the nation's structurally deficient bridges if placed end-to-end would stretch 1,276 miles, half the distance from NY to Los Angeles, a new examination of federal government data shows.
According to a construction industry report released on Wednesday, nearly 56,000 US bridges are structurally deficient.
ARTBA singled out the 60-year-old Yankee Doodle Bridge on Interstate 95 in Norwalk as the bridge with structural deficiencies that carries the most traffic daily, ranking 86th nationally with 146,000 crossings daily.
That's good for second behind Iowa, which again led the annual report with 4,968, also an improvement for the state from past year.
With the current $215 million budget, roughly 8% of Indiana's bridges are structurally deficient.
The report says Texas has identified 12,048 bridges in need of fix, which the state estimates would cost about $2 billion. "It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization", Black says.
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"Those are bridges that really connect our economy so the issues and the challenges that they're facing in the country, at least on that freight network, have an impact on getting goods from state to state and for businesses", said Black. In the District, 3.7 percent of 245 bridges are in need; in Maryland, it's 5.8 percent of 5,321 bridges; in Virginia, it's 6.7 percent of 13,892 bridges.
She also mentioned that specialized departments have not been provided with the needed resources to keep up with the nation's needs.
MI ranks 16th in the nation when it comes to the number of structurally deficient bridges.
The ARTBA/federal data is the most recent available, but there have been instances in the past when a bridge that made the list already had been repaired.
Among Northeast states, only Vermont had a better record in 2016, reducing its inventory of deficient bridges by 18 percent, trailing only California's whopping 30 percent reduction. While the bridges might not be immediately unsafe, ARTBA says they do need attention.