The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Friday, June 28, 2013

State’s bridges ranked No. 18 on ‘deficient’ scale

By The Building Tradesman

Many of Michigan’s bridges are in a fix: 12 percent are classified as “structurally deficient,” ranking our state’s spans No. 18 among the worst performers in the U.S. Overall in the U.S., 11 percent are considered structurally deficient.

Pennsylvania was worst (24.5 percent of its bridges were considered deficient) and Florida and Nevada both topped the list with only 2.2 percent of their bridges listed as deficient.

The rankings were released June 19 by Transportation for America, using numbers created and maintained by the Federal Highway Administration. Overall in the U.S., some $76 billion is needed to shore up our deficient bridges, the group estimates.

The average age of Michigan’s bridges is 43 years. Among deficient bridges, the average is 64 years.