The Fix We’re In: The State of Our Nation’s Bridges

Source: Lilly Shoup, Nick Donohue and Marisa Lang, Transportation for America, March 2011

From the press release:
69,223 bridges – representing more than 11 percent of all U.S. highway bridges – are classified as “structurally deficient,” requiring significant maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement, according to a new T4 America report released today, The Fix We’re In: The State of Our Nation’s Bridges.

Those are the facts, and 69,000 bridges sure sounds like a lot, but what does that look like in real terms? Where are these bridges? Does your city or state have a lot of deficient bridges, or does the state do a good job taking care of them? Those questions are going to be much easier to answer with our online tools accompanying the report.

The report will answer questions such as:

* How many bridges are in urgent need of repairs or maintenance?
* What states are the best and worst when it comes to the condition of their bridges?
* What counties in each state are the best and worst?
* How much money are we spending on repairing our bridges, and is it enough?
* Are we fixing our existing bridges before we spend money on new roads and highways?

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