Inspector Says THOUSANDS of US Bridges Are in Decay Right Now

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  • Source: Fox News
  • 04/04/2024
Well, if you thought the bridge collapse in Baltimore  was bad, then brace yourself because another U.S. state could be next in line for a similar disaster.

While hopefully not as catastrophic, inspectors have deemed  nearly 7% of America's bridges to be in poor condition. Now, 7% might not sound like a lot at first glance, but considering the vast size of our country and its waterways, that  adds up to a staggering 42,400 bridges that are in dire need of attention.

It wouldn't take much, perhaps even less  than a cargo ship plowing into one of these bridges, to bring it down. Who knows? Maybe even a strong breeze could spell its demise.

From Fox News:

Bridges fulfill a vital function that often goes overlooked until lives are lost or disrupted by a closure or collapse, like that of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore early last Tuesday. That bridge crumpled when struck by a cargo ship, not because of poor maintenance. But thousands of others stand in worse shape.

The majority of bridges that were found to be in poor condition suffer from issues with the legs holding them up (the substructure) or arms supporting their load (the superstructure), according to the National Bridge Inventory

While nearly 16,000 of those bridges also were rated poor ten years ago, the overall percentage of bridges in poor condition has decreased about 22% over the last ten years. But federal transportation officials say a lot of work remains.

President Joe Biden's 2021 infrastructure law provided the largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system began nearly 70 years ago. But the $40 billion allocated for bridges is only a fraction of the $319 billion needed to make repairs nationwide, according to estimates from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

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