We see them every day in our daily commutes. We drive over them and under them, perhaps giving them little thought. We expect them to be safe. Yet, there are many bridges in need of repair in Georgia.
A recent report that cited federal data alleges that nearly 1 out of ever 10 bridges in the United States is structurally deficient.
According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, nearly 5% of Georgia’s 14,790 bridges were considered to be structurally deficient. Not good at math? That means that 739 bridges were considered to be deficient.
The ARTBA says that structurally deficient may not mean “imminently unsafe,” it does mean that the bridges are in need of repair.
Georgia Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Natalie Dale said that during the next 18 months, 118 bridges would be replaced while an additional 300 would be repaired.
Here are a few of the most traveled “structurally deficient” bridges in Georgia according to the report.
I-285 over South Utoy Creek in West Atlanta (Fulton County) 137,700 crossings per day.
1-75 Northbound over Clark Creek (Cobb County) 101,490 daily crossings.
I-85 over Transco Gas Lines at 5 mi NE (Coweta County) 62,330 crossings a day.
U.S. 41/Ga 49 over Rocky Creek (Bibb County) 34,880 crossings daily.
Ponce de Leon over Lullwater Creek (Dekalb County) 31,650 daily crossings.
Nationwide, Georgia ranks 44 out of 50 when it comes to looking at the total percentage of structurally deficient bridges. According to the ARTBA, 920 new bridges have been built and 156 bridges have undergone major repairs in the state.
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