US Bridges Deficient By Tens Of Thousands

A total of 55,710 bridges were found to be structurally deficient in the U.S.in 2016, with little improvement from the previous year, according to a new report.

Of the 53,488 bridges in Texas, 900-or 2 percent-are considered structurally deficient, the ARTBA report shows, and another 8,997-or 17 percent-are functionally obsolete because they don't meet current design standards.

Nearly 56,000 bridges across the United States are structurally deficient, USA Today reported Wednesday (Feb. 15), citing a study by a bridge construction group.

The new data comes as President Trump has vowed to inject $1 trillion into the nation's crumbling infrastructure, including for road, bridge and tunnel upgrades.

ARTBA says deficient bridges are crossed about 185 million times a day.

The state has already identified 4,075 bridges that need fix, which comes with a price tag of $12 billion.

President Donald Trump promised to revitalize USA roads, bridges and airports within his first 100 days in office, proposing investments of up to $1 trillion.

"It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization", Black said.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has lofty goals for not just bridge fix, but roadway updates on major highways, so it's not yet clear in what order the bridge fix will be tackled.

"America's highway network is woefully underperforming". While these bridges may not be imminently unsafe, their inclusion in the U.S. DOT report indicates that they are in need of attention.

Iowa was the state with the highest number of structurally deficient bridges at 4,968, while Rhode Island was the state with the highest percentage at 25%.

Of more than 4,200 bridges in CT, 8 percent are classified as structurally deficient, according to ARTBA. Washington D.C. contained the least deficient bridges of the regions tracked with only 9, while Nevada was the state with the least at only 31.

The most vulnerable bridges, according to the ARTBA are at Iowa, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Missouri and Nebraska 4,968 identified bridges puts Iowa ahead of the other four states.