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Virginia Has 825 Structurally Deficient Bridges: Report - Source Patch

Posted on Feb 01,2018
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By Deb Belt

Americans cross bridges rated as "structurally deficient" 174 million times a day, according to a new analysis of federal data. And Virginia has plenty of bridges that need repaired or replaced .

There are more than 612,000 bridges in the country; of those, 54,259 were rated structurally deficient, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. In Virginia, there are 825 of them, according to a report released this week by the association.

Inspectors rate bridge decks and support structures on a scale of zero to nine for deterioration and remedial action. A rating of nine means the bridge is in "excellent" condition. A rating of four or below means a bridge is classified as structurally deficient and in need of repair. Virginia ranked 34th in the country in highest percentage of bridges deemed to be in poor condition and 24th highest based on the actual number of such bridges.

The 825 structurally deficient bridges account for 5.9 percent of all bridges in Virginia. The state said 6,451 bridges are in need of repairs and estimated it would cost $8.5 billion to fix them. The study says 44 structurally deficient bridges in the state are on interstate highways; 829 bridges are posted for load, which may restrict the size and weight of vehicles crossing the structure.

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