Illinois is third in the nation in structurally deficient bridges

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg was recently in Chicago to help push for the national infrastructure deal that is currently being proposed.

Buttigieg’s visit highlights a critical need for infrastructure spending, as data from the U.S. Department of Transportation National Bridge Inventory (NBI) show that more than 220,000 bridges in the United States need major repair work or should be replaced, per a new report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

These bridges span 6,000 miles of American roadway. In Illinois, ARTBA reports vehicles cross the state’s 2,374 structurally deficient bridges more than 13 million times every day. Illinois ranks third nationally in its number of structurally deficient bridges and is 15th in the percentage of its bridges that are classified as structurally deficient with 8.8%. Missouri is ahead of Illinois at 14th. Economic costs due to these bridges in Illinois were $2 billion and there were 31.5 million hours of lost time due to traffic in 2019.

Bridge decks and support structures are regularly inspected by the state transportation departments for deterioration and are rated on a scale of zero to nine, with nine being in excellent condition. A bridge is classified as structurally deficient and in need of repair if its overall rating is four or below.

Locally, 15 of Morgan County’s bridges were listed as being in "poor" condition, or 6.4% of the bridges in Morgan County. In Madison County, that figure is 35 bridges, or 6.7% of bridges in the county. Around the region, Cass County has the largest percentage of poor condition bridges with…

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July 19, 2021 at 03:18PM

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