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Motorists hitting the road for the Thanksgiving holiday will encounter slightly fewer deficient and functionally obsolete bridges despite continued funding uncertainty, according to the Better Roads 2013 Bridge Inventory. Utah tied with Nevada for the second-fewest number of deficient bridges.
Structurally deficient (SD) and functionally obsolete (FO) are terms used by the U.S. Department of Transportation to describe bridges that do not meet current standards.
Of Utah’s 2,917 bridges, 8 percent were classified as functionally obsolete and 11 percent are structurally deficient.
In the survey of state road agencies, the District of Columbia reported a combined SD/FO rate of 57 percent, the highest in the nation. Rhode Island (51 percent), New York and Pennsylvania (tied at 39 percent) and Massachusetts (38 percent) round out those reporting the highest number of bridges designated as either SD or FO.
States reporting the fewest number of deficient bridges are California (6 percent), Arizona, Utah and Nevada (tied at 11 percent), and Minnesota and Wyoming (tied at 13 percent).
Overall, states/ transportation officials say 19.4 percent of their total bridge inventory is classified as deficient in some way, a number that has incrementally decreased since 2009, when 21.6 percent of the total federal and state bridge inventory was reported as substandard.
One New York transportation official told Better Roads editors that insufficient funding will "greatly" restrict bridge work in the coming year. "Since our bridges are getting older and the number of deficient bridges is increasing, more funding will be required to improve our bridges," he said.
For the complete article and a state-by-state breakdown of bridges, go to www.betterroads.com/the-state-of-the-nations-bridges.