'Structurally Deficient' Bridges on the Decline—Can States Continue the Trend?

All but nine states have decreased the number of "structurally deficient" bridges since the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse. That improvement, however, is far from permanent. Can the federal government and states maintain their progress?
June 7, 2014, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The number of bridges considered to be in the worst shape has declined in the vast majority of states — all but nine — in the years since a Minneapolis bridge collapse brought national attention to the America’s decaying bridges," reports Daniel Vock.

"All told, the number of 'structurally deficient' bridges dipped by 14 percent in the last six years. But even with the improvement, one in 10 bridges in the country is still considered structurally deficient."

The article credits public attention after the Minneapolis bridge collapse, as well as federal policies to better manage the inventory of bridges and roads, with the improvement.

But, "[the] federal surface transportation law expires this fall, and federal transportation money to states may dry up even before that. If Congress does not find the money to continue or increase current funding levels, the number of troubled bridges could start climbing again."

The article also includes a state-by-state breakdown of where the improvements have been most, or least, profound.

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Published on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Governing
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