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One percent of U.S. bridges are both fracture critical and structurally deficient

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Sep 18, 2013

A recent report from the Associated Press analyzing the 607,380 bridges in the most recent federal National Bridge Inventory found that 7,795, 1.2 percent, of them are both structurally deficient and fracture critical. Structurally deficient bridges are those in need of ...

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PHOTOS: Engineers suspended on ropes inspect bridges

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on Jul 31, 2013

Last year, Better Roads featured a story about engineers who inspect bridges by climbing the structures and using ropes to rappel down and access critical areas. The article, titled “Bridge Climbing,” detailed how climb-trained engineers from the Army Corps of Engineers ...

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Can your bridges withstand a hit by a heavy semi?

Posted by John Latta on Jul 18, 2013

A disturbingly large number of America’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete (see Better Roads’ November bridge inventory). But how many are “fracture-critical?” Washington State’s collapsed I-5 bridge was fracture-critical when it was hit by a heavily loaded truck. But ...

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More than 200 Washington bridges are fracture-critical

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on Jul 17, 2013

More than 200 of Washington state’s bridges are classified as fracture-critical and could collapse if a key component of the bridge fails, according to KUOW. Of those bridges, at least three have been struck multiple times in the past five years, ...

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66,000 U.S. bridges classified as deficient in 2013

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on Jun 24, 2013

Following Transportation for America’s release of a report stating that one in nine bridges is classified as structurally deficient, CNN Money has created an interactive map to demonstrate the amount of deficient bridges in each state in 2013. According to CNN ...


25% of U.S. bridges declared deficient in 2012

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Jun 18, 2013

According to a report from our sister site Better Roads, 25 percent, or 151,845 of all U.S. bridges were classified as deficient in 2012. Those numbers were a part of the U.S. Government Accountability Office 's(GAO) testimony last week before the Senate ...

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25 percent of U.S. bridges classified as deficient in 2012

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on Jun 17, 2013

Of the 607,380 bridges on U.S. roadways in 2012, 25 percent were classified as deficient, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s testimony last week before the Senate Commitee on Appropriations’ Subcomittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and ...

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Market report: Bridges good, pavement not so good

Posted by John Latta on Jun 03, 2013

American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist and Policy VP Alison Premo Black said the bridge market is "showing some surprising strength," and new Q1 numbers suggest it will be an ongoing strength. Black was speaking at the ARTBA ...

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2013’s bridges: A Skagit River reminder

Posted by John Latta on May 28, 2013

Did the collapse of the I-5 bridge across the Skagit River in Washington State demonstrate a need for increased investing in our increasingly substandard transportation infrastructure, particularly bridges? One argument says no. Then it sort of says yes as well. “No” in ...

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The Man Who Slides Bridges

Posted by John Latta on Apr 08, 2013

Any story is valuable if it can show us how to do our work better. And especially when that work is big, massively expensive, part of our daily lives and paid for by tax dollars. For example, an old bridge that ...

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America’s roads and bridges ‘not crumbling’ – report

Posted by John Latta on Feb 21, 2013

A new report from the Reason Foundation concludes, after  examining 20 years of state highway data, that the condition of America’s state-controlled roads has improved in seven key areas including deficient bridges and pavement condition. “There are still plenty of problems ...

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$287 million for New York to rebuild roads, bridges damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Staff Report on Feb 15, 2013

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Feb. 15 announced $287 million in emergency relief funds for New York to rebuild roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters, with $250 million specifically designated for Hurricane Sandy recovery. LaHood was joined by Senator ...