The American Road and Transportation Builders Association has published a report after reviewing the U.S. DOT 2016 National Bridge Inventory data. About 56,000 bridges nationwide, or 9% were classified as structurally deficient last year. Nearly 1900 of these bridges are along the nations interstate system. The major factor with these structures is that 28% of all the bridges are more than 50 years old.
The trucking industry, which leads in freight movement, has long sounded the alarm about the nation’s infrastructure. Something has to be done. The states with the highest number of bad bridges are Iowa(4968), Pennsylvania(4506), Oklahoma(3460), Missouri(3195), and Nebraska(2361).
The Trump administration has made this problem a priority. Hopefully, Congress will approve the budget to fix these bridges. Not only will it make our country safer, it will employ thousands of workers.
Source:www.transportationtopics.com :USA Today