Which State Has the Most Dangerous Bridges?

Christopher Ingraham provides a map of the regions in the U.S. with the highest percentage of bridges deemed by the Federal Highway Administration as ‘structurally deficient.'”

“Structural deficiency sounds scary, and it is, sort of. Deficient bridges are, broadly speaking, safe to drive across. In an interview last year with CBS, former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that structurally deficient bridges “need to be really either replaced or repaired in a very dramatic way.” He went on: “I don’t want to say they’re unsafe. But they’re dangerous.”

“Twenty two percent of Pennsylvania’s 23,000 highway bridges are deficient, which, if you’ve ever had the misfortune of driving up I-81 in that state, you know in your heart to be true. Twenty one percent of Iowa’s bridges don’t make the grade. Same goes for 20 percent of South Dakota’s, and 18 percent of Oklahoma’s. These percentages are all considerably higher than the nationwide average of about 10 percent.”

“Nevada is doing the best job of keeping its bridges up to code — fewer than 2 percent of that state’s bridges are deficient. Likewise only 2 percent of Florida and Texas bridges are deemed deficient, and 3 percent of Arizona and Utah’s.”

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