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1 in 5 Pennsylvania bridges are 'structurally deficient,' report says

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Report: Second worst bridge in North Carolina is in Charlotte

A new report released Wednesday by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association shows more than 1,200 bridges in MI are classified as structurally deficient.

Ten percent of North Carolina's bridges are classified as structurally deficient, meaning one or more of the key bridge elements is considered to be in "poor" or worse condition.

I was also delighted to learn that one of the structurally deficient bridges includes the Brooklyn Bridge, which has 134,174 daily crossings. At that pace, it would take more than two decades to replace or fix all of them, according to American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, who conducted the analysis.

ARBTA says deficient bridges are crossed about 185 million times a day. But ARTBA says state transportation departments have pointed out 13,000 interstate bridges that either need replacement, widening, or major work.

"America's highway network is woefully underperforming".

Only 1,900 of the bridges on the list are on the Interstate Highway System. "It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization".

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The Ohio Department of Transportation responded to the study, if a bridge was deemed unsafe they said they would close it immediately.

Louisiana's top structurally deficient bridges are in Caddo, Jefferson, Calcasieu, Orleans, Bossier, Ouachita and St. Mary parishes.

Bridges labeled structurally deficient aren't necessarily in immediate danger of collapse.

The most vulnerable bridges, according to the ARTBA are at Iowa, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Missouri and Nebraska 4,968 identified bridges puts Iowa ahead of the other four states.

Fear of bridges is a common phobia, and one that many have overcome through therapy or breathing exercises.

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