Black says the number of structurally deficient bridges decreases every year.
If placed end-to-end, the nation's deficient bridges would stretch 1,276 miles, or half the distance from NY to Los Angeles, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said Wednesday.
The information was analyzed by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. State officials have identified needed repairs on 1,614 bridges, which the state estimates will cost $888 million. At that pace, it would take more than 20 years to address all of the problems structures. "It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization", said Alison Premo Black, chief economist of ARTBA.
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.
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His estimate largely aligned with the New England forecast of 12 to 18 inches issued in the morning before the storm began. Winter storm Niko first crept into western MA at 5 a.m., and by 9 p.m. should be headed out to sea.
She also mentioned that specialized departments have not been provided with the needed resources to keep up with the nation's needs. While these bridges may not be imminently unsafe, their inclusion in the U.S. DOT report indicates that they are in need of attention.
Iowa (4,968), Pennsylvania (4,506), Oklahoma (3,460), Missouri (3,195), Nebraska (2,361), IL (2,243), Kansas (2,151), MS (2,098), OH (1,942) and NY (1,928) have the most structurally deficient bridges.
MI ranks 16th in the nation when it comes to the number of structurally deficient bridges. The District of Columbia (9), Nevada (31), DE (43), Hawaii (64) and Utah (95) have the least. The study found that 9 percent of them, or 609, are structurally deficient.
The five states with the most deficient bridges are Iowa with 4,968, Pennsylvania with 4,506, Oklahoma with 3,460, Missouri with 3,195 and Nebraska with 2,361.