March 1, 2017
 
Can Congress Bridge the Spending Gap?

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association has analyzed the data in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s recent 2016 National Bridge Inventory and what they found is shocking—though perhaps not surprising, considering the perpetual debate in Washington over infrastructure spending.

All total, the U.S. has about 55,710 “structurally compromised” bridges, crossed by cars, trucks and school buses 185 million times each day. That does not mean they are imminently unsafe, but it does mean they are all in serious need attention. About 28 percent of all bridges are more than 50 years old and have never had any major reconstruction.

Looking at the data, which is available at www.artbabridgereport.org, the Top 10 most widely travelled structurally deficient bridges are in California, most in the LA area. The Top 10 states with the most structurally deficient bridges are: Iowa, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Ohio and New York. The Top 10 with the fewest bridges in need of repair are: the District of Columbia, Nevada, Delaware, Hawaii, Utah, Alaska, Vermont, Rhode Island, Arizona and Florida. On average, 9 percent of the nation’s bridges need some sort of remediation to make them completely safe for long-term use.

“America’s highway network is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization,” says ARTBA Chief Economist Alison Premo Black, who conducted the study. It does not even address the many public roads, highways, sewage treatment and water systems in urgent need of upgrades.

The need for infrastructure investment is clear. Now if only Congress can bridge the budget gap and find the funds to pay for it.


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