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Report: 56,000 Bridges Are 'Structurally Deficient'

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A jogger passes by the Arlington Memorial Bridge at sunrise in Washington, March 3, 2016. The National Park Service is preparing to patch up the bridge one last time, but even that will only extend the life of the bridge by another five years. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By Jeffrey Rodack   |   Friday, 05 May 2017 09:32 AM

Nearly 56,000 bridges in the United States are "structurally deficient" — with 1,900 of them on the interstate highway system.

"Despite dozens of new transportation and infrastructure projects underway in the United States and President (Donald) Trump's call for new roads and public works, tens of thousands of bridges across the country are currently falling apart," according to a report from the Auto Insurance Center, which cites data from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

The busiest structurally deficient bridges were found in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Hawaii and New Jersey, the insurance center said. But every state was found to have structurally deficient bridges, the report said.

"Despite being right outside the buildings where decisions are made about infrastructure projects, the Arlington Memorial Bridge running between the District and Virginia has been a long-standing danger to those driving across it," the insurance center reported.

It said more than 100,000 bridges in the U.S. are at least 65 years old. And it noted contemporary spans are designed to last 50 years before needing a major overhaul.

The Washington Examiner reported that Trump has promised action on an infrastructure plan, which includes building new bridges.

"We build a bridge and it's like a miracle in this country," he said.

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