America’s road network isn’t in amazing shape. A new report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) confirms a massive problem. The organization’s report takes a look at the condition of bridges in the US, and finds that nationwide, just over nine percent of the country’s bridges are “structurally deficient.”
ARTBA’s website also has a map that shows how many bridges in each state are in need of repair or replacement. It even provides locations of each bridge when you click on a state, in case you’re interested in seeing whether the bridge you cross on the way to work is sound or deficient. According to the map, there are 23 states where more than 9 percent of the bridges are structurally deficient. On the flip side, citizens of Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and Washington D.C. can take pride that less than 5 percent of each location’s bridges are in the deficient category.
Now before you start adjusting your commute to avoid a neglected bridge, we should mention that ARTBA’s chief economist told CNN that the structurally deficient classification only means a bridge needs repair, not necessarily that it’s dangerous. It’s something that may see some construction in the near future, but more than likely will not crumble under your tires. The main takeaway is that there is still a large portion of our country’s infrastructure that really needs some attention.