More than 55000 U.S. bridges structurally deficient

According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, 56,000 bridges nation-wide are now "structurally deficient".

More than 1,900 bridges are "structurally deficient" in Ohio.

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 ranking is based on an analysis of recently released data from the U.S. Department of Transportation's 2016 National Bridge Inventory.

Cars, trucks and school buses drove across structurally compromised bridges about 185 million times per day previous year, according to the report. The data also reveals 13,000 bridges that require widening, replacement, or major reconstruction work.

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"America's highway network is woefully underperforming", said Alison Premo Black, the group's chief economist who conducted the analysis.

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. Bridges are rated on a scale of one to nine for their soundness, and a rating of four or below puts it in the deficient category. The information was compiled into ARTBA's 2017 Bridge Report. While these bridges may not be imminently unsafe, their inclusion in the U.S. DOT report indicates that they are in need of attention.

The report adds more than 1,300 bridges are posted for load, which means vehicles of a certain size or weight are restricted.

Louisiana's top structurally deficient bridges are in Caddo, Jefferson, Calcasieu, Orleans, Bossier, Ouachita and St. Mary parishes. By contrast, 25 percent of Rhode Island's bridges need help, as do about 20 percent of those in Iowa, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. The District of Columbia (9), Nevada (31), DE (43), Hawaii (64) and Utah (95) have the least.

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