Brooklyn Bridge Among Thousands Of Structurally Deficient Spans Across US

Report More than 1,200 Michigan bridges falling apart

A new report released Wednesday by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association shows more than 1,200 bridges in MI are classified as structurally deficient.

A new report says that New Jersey ranks 29th on a list of the number of structurally deficient bridges.

The information was analyzed by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

More than one in four bridges (173,919) are at least 50 years old and have never had major reconstruction work, according to the ARTBA analysis.

The state has already identified 4,075 bridges that need fix, which comes with a price tag of $12 billion.

"So they're not inherently unsafe, but they are bridges where structural elements need fix", ARTBA Chief Economist Alison Black said.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said during her confirmation hearing that the highway trust fund is "a huge issue" because it spends $10 billion more each year than it collects. "It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization", Black says.

The Ohio Department of Transportation responded to the study, if a bridge was deemed unsafe they said they would close it immediately. In the District, 3.7 percent of 245 bridges are in need; in Maryland, it's 5.8 percent of 5,321 bridges; in Virginia, it's 6.7 percent of 13,892 bridges.

MI ranks 16th in the nation when it comes to the number of structurally deficient bridges.

The ARTBA report is presented through an interactive map of the United States, in which each state is color-coded based on the percentage of structurally deficient bridges it contains.

More than 86,000 drivers use that bridge every day.

The 2017 Bridge report also offers specific information, including rankings of the 250 most heavily travelled structurally deficient bridges in the nation and the 25 most heavily traveled in each state.