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

Despite billions of dollars in annual federal, state and local funds directed toward the maintenance of existing bridges, 69,223 bridges – representing more than 11 percent of total highway bridges in the U.S. – are classified as “structurally deficient,” according to a new report released March 30 by Transportation for America. 

The report "The Fix We’re In For: The State of our Nation’s Bridges" says: "Today, one out of every nine bridges that U.S. motorists cross each day is likely to be deteriorating to some degree. Nearly 70,000, or 11.5 percent, of our 599,996 bridges nationwide are rated “structurally deficient,” according to government standards." 

Transportation for America, which is co-chaired by Reconnecting America, has taken the whole federal bridge database and incorporated it into an interactive map that allows visitors to type in their address and see all the bridges within a ten-mile radius. The online database also allows state by state comparisons, including the best and worst five counties, as well as their rank nationally and total percentage of structurally deficient bridges. 

The report is available at t4america.org/resources/bridges/