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Of the 14,863 bridges in Georgia, 692, or 4.6 percent, are classified as structurally deficient.
A recent analysis
by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ABTBA) looks at the number of structually deficient bridges across the country. Findings include:
- 4,259 of the nation’s 612,677 bridges are rated “structurally deficient.”
- Americans cross these deficient bridges 174 million times daily.
- Of the 14,863 bridges in the state, 692, or 4.6 percent, are classified as structurally deficient. This means one of the key elements is in poor or worse condition.
- 1,460 bridges are posted for load, which may restrict the size and weight of vehicles crossing the structure.
- Over the last five years, bridge investment has accounted for 23.4 percent of highway and bridge contract awards in the state, compared to an average of 28.9 percent nationwide.
- Over the last 10 years, 988 new bridges have been constructed in the state; 138 have undergone major reconstruction.
- The state has identified needed repairs on 2,910 bridges; which the state estimates will cost $16.9 billion.