Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

New Jersey ranks 29th on list of number of structurally deficient bridges

New Jersey ranks 29th on list of number of structurally deficient bridges

When the U.S. Department of Transportation recently released its National Bridge Inventory report for 2016, one group was particularly interested.

Almost 400 of the structurally deficient bridges have load and weight restrictions for vehicles crossing the structure.

Underperforming spans include New York's landmark Brooklyn Bridge.

That means that of the 25,431 bridges in the state, 5 percent have one or more key bridge elements - deck, superstructure or substructure - that are considered to be in "poor" or worse condition, the analysis found. The nation's cars, trucks, and buses cross the 55,710 bridges around 185 million times every day. State transportation officials have identified 13,000 bridges along interstates that need replacement, widening or major reconstruction, according to the group.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said during her confirmation hearing that the highway trust fund is "a huge issue" because it spends $10 billion more each year than it collects. "But, we're also facing the challenge where a lot of the bridges built with the interstate system are coming due for major maintenance in the near future", he said. While these bridges may not be imminently unsafe, their inclusion in the U.S. DOT report indicates that they are in need of attention. Washington D.C. contained the least deficient bridges of the regions tracked with only 9, while Nevada was the state with the least at only 31. A bridge is classified as structurally deficient and in need of fix if its overall rating is four or below.

Eight of the local most-traveled bridges that need help in Maryland were spans in Prince George's County.

Of more than 4,200 bridges in CT, 8 percent are classified as structurally deficient, according to ARTBA.

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