USA bridges structurally deficient; 900 in Texas

It's a problem that hits close to home.

There are 8,682 bridges across the state of Colorado and 497 of them have been deemed structurally deficient, according to a American Road & Transportation Builders Association's analysis.

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

The inventory of structurally deficient bridges only decreased by 0.5% in a year's time.

The highway trust fund that funds the construction and maintenance of America's highway system has been unable to meet the demands of said system to cope with the rising efficiency of cars. "It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization".

Five local Virginia bridges made the top 10 list for that state in most-traveled bridges that need fix.

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It counted 55,710 bridges in the USA that were structurally compromised.

Louisiana's top structurally deficient bridges are in Caddo, Jefferson, Calcasieu, Orleans, Bossier, Ouachita and St. Mary parishes.

While these bridges may not be imminently unsafe, they are in need of attention. 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. 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.

Although structurally deficient bridges may still be safe to drive on, they have defects or fix needs that can cause speed or weight limits to be imposed.

Established in 1902, Washington, D.C. -based ARTBA is the "consensus voice" of the USA transportation design and construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, news media and the general public.

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