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Report: It Will Take 80 Years to Repair America's Deficient Bridges

Rate of repairs at a five-year low, while hundreds of thousands of bridges are in need of repair.


The state of American infrastructure is so dire, that according to a new report more than 47,000 bridges in the United States are in "poor condition." Additionally, the pace of repairs is so slow the report estimates it would take more than 80 years to fix them all.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association released its 2019 Bridge Report . It found that of the 616,087 bridges in the United States, 8 percent are "structurally deficient" and 38 percent are in need of some sort of repair.

The structurally deficient bridges include the Brooklyn Bridge, the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge over San Francisco Bay, and the Memorial Bridge connecting Washington, D.C. with Arlington, VA.

Pittsburgh, PA is known as the City of Bridges, so it might not come as a surprise that Pennsylvania ranks second among states with the highest number of compromised bridges. The top 5 states are:

  1. Iowa (4,675)
  2. Pennsylvania (3,770)
  3. Oklahoma (2,540)
  4. Illinois (2,273)
  5. Missouri (2,116)

However, the news isn't all bad for Pennsylvania. The report found Keystone State has reduced its number of structurally deficient bridges by nearly 1,200 over the past five years, the most of any state.

Nationally, however, the pace of repair work has hit a five-year low. Because of the current pace, it will likely take more than 80 years to complete the repairs on the structures that need it, ARTBA said.

CNN reports that while President Trump has talked about tackling an infrastructure deal, and some Democrats have said they are open to working with the Trump Administration on the issue, little to no progress has been made .

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