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More than 1000 MI bridges in poor condition

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The American Roads and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has released a list of 55,0710 bridges deemed to be structurally deficient, that statistics say are crossed by vehicles 185 million times per day.

At least two bridges in northeast OH are in the top ten of most traveled "structurally deficient" bridges and those are Interstate 76 over Brown Street in Summit County and Interstate 77 over Industrial Drive in Cuyahoga. About 1,900 of those bridges are on the Interstate Highway System. Vehicles cross underperforming USA spans 185 million times a day. State transportation departments have identified 13,000 Interstate bridges that need replacement, widening or major reconstruction.

"America's highway network is woefully underperforming", said ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, who conducted the analysis. "It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization".

Iowa was the state with the highest number of structurally deficient bridges at 4,968, while Rhode Island was the state with the highest percentage at 25%.

While these bridges may not be imminently unsafe, they are in need of attention.

Among Northeast states, only Vermont had a better record in 2016, reducing its inventory of deficient bridges by 18 percent, trailing only California's whopping 30 percent reduction.

The study also found that 14 percent of MI bridges or 1,581 are considered to be obsolete, meaning their design does not meet current guidelines.

Iowa (4,968), Pennsylvania (4,506), Oklahoma (3,460), Missouri (3,195), Nebraska (2,361), IL (2,243), Kansas (2,151), MS (2,098), OH (1,942) and NY (1,928) have the most structurally deficient bridges. If that's all the improvement that can be gained in 12 months, the group says it would take more than 20 years to improve or replace all of the bridges on the list.

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