Report: More than 55,000 US bridges structurally deficient

Crews work on the eastbound side of the Fort Eustis Boulevard Bridge in August 2016. (Photo courtesy: D. Allen Covey/VDOT)

WASHINGTON (AP/WAVY) — A new report says five bridges in Hampton Roads are among thousands of spans considered structurally deficient.

Although the numbers of deficient bridges have declined in recent years, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s analysis of transportation department data shows more than 55,000 bridges in the U.S. have been deemed deficient.

ARBTA says deficient bridges are crossed about 185 million times a day.

Bridges labeled structurally deficient aren’t necessarily in immediate danger of collapse. The term is applied when spans need rehabilitation or replacement because at least one major component has advanced deterioration or other problems.

Find a full list of deficient bridges in the Commonwealth here.

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