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Nation's 612677 Bridges Rated Structurally Deficient

Nation's 612677 Bridges Rated Structurally Deficient

Iowa is home to the most structurally deficient bridges, while the District of Columbia contains the fewest, according to a recent report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

In Pinellas County, a bridge located at State Road 679 over Boca Ciega Bay sees 17,400 daily crossings.

Missouri ranked 4th overall for the number of deficient bridges and 11th for the percentage of bridges deficient.

"While these bridges may not be imminently unsafe, they are in need of attention", ARTBA's press release on the analysis states.

The Federal Highway Administration says a bridge is classified as structurally deficient if the condition of the deck, superstructure, substructure, or culvert and retaining wall is considered poor by inspectors.

Trumbull County reportedly has 54 deficient bridges. The bridge was built in 1961.

The data shows that cars, trucks and school buses cross the more than 54,000 identified bridges 175 million times every day.

Some of the state's most traveled structurally deficient bridges are right here in western MA.

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Both Mercer County (15.7%) and Trumbull County (13.7%) have numbers of deficiencies higher than the national average of 9.4 percent.

Over the last 10 years, 1,357 new bridges have been constructed in the state; 612 have undergone major reconstruction.

At current pace of fix or replacement, it would take 37 years to remedy all of them, says Dr. Alison Premo Black, chief economist for ARTBA, who conducted the analysis. One in three, or 226,000, US bridges need repairs, while one in three, or 17,000, interstate highway bridges also are in need. Black said repairs have slowed over the past year.

President Trump is expected to address the country's aging infrastructure during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The group drew findings from the U.S. Department of Transportation's recently released National Bridge Inventory database.

Read the full story on NBC News' website here.

"It also highlights the importance of streamlining the permitting process, so that the projects that are funded can move forward without undue delay", the administration told NBC News in a release.


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