Lawyer Discusses Report Classifying 56,000 Bridges As Structurally Deficient
Dallas, 03/13/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/
Many people drive over a bridge every single day, and it’s safe to assume most of them don’t think twice about it. When a bridge is part of your commute, you simply take it in stride — and you assume it’s safe to cross.
However, a new report released by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) casts serious doubts on the safety — and structural integrity — of an astonishing number of U.S. bridges.
ARTBA 2017 Bridge Report
The ARTBA’s 2017 bridge report highlights the American bridges that are in the worst shape and provides a map that shows which states are home to the highest concentration of structurally deficient bridges.
In Georgia, the report shows that between 5 and 8.9 percent of the state’s bridges are structurally deficient. In states like Oklahoma, South Carolina, and North Carolina, nearly 10 percent or more of the bridges are in serious disrepair.
The report also states that there are 185 million bridge crossing every day on the 56,000 structurally deficient bridges identified in the report, with nearly 2,000 of the bridges located within the interstate highway system.
According to the report, the average age of the problem bridges is 67 years old, and over 40 percent of all bridges in the U.S. are at least 40 years old and have never undergone any major reconstruction work.
Which States Have the Worst (and Best) Bridges?
The report also identifies which states have the worst bridges — as well as which states possess the most structurally sound bridges on average.
- States with the highest number of structurally deficient bridges: Iowa, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Ohio, and New York.
- States and regions with the lowest number of structurally deficient bridges: Washington, D.C. Nevada, Delaware, Hawaii, and Utah.
Atlanta truck accident lawyer Amy Witherite explains, “Bridges are a vital part of the country’s infrastructure. In recent years, there have been a number of serious bridge collapses, including the 2007 Interstate 35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis that killed 13 people and injured another 145.”
In the case of the Minneapolis bridge collapse, the bridge was constructed in 1964, and the bridge had been rated structurally deficient by the federal government since 1990.
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