Check on the Ratings for Bridges in Your Neighborhood does a real public service by publishing this State-by-state list of deficient or obsolete bridges. A deficient bridge is what it sounds like; obsolete means that while the bridge doesn't have major maintenance issues, the design isn't sufficient for modern traffic volumes.

Not surprisingly, the North-east, with the oldest infrastructure and a vicious freeze-thaw-heat cycle does worst overall, although the Midwest isn't doing great. Florida, being a fast-growth Sunbelt state has more troubles with “obsolete” bridges (is every bridge in Miami on that list?) than deficient ones.

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2 Responses to Check on the Ratings for Bridges in Your Neighborhood

  1. Phill says:

    Next, the Google Maps markup…

  2. Ann Bartow says:

    I’m not surprised to see Pennsylvania in red. I have family in northeastern PA and bridges fall down or get washed away there a lot. When I lived in Philadelphia a pedestrian bridge got knocked down, and an entire elevated highway got melted by a tire fire. You can read what truckers say about PA roads here:
    Every time I drive there I double check that my AAA membership is current.

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