Friday, April 1, 2011

Virginia Bridges in Above-Average Shape

Virginia's bridges are in better condition than those in 30 other states, and the percentage of structurally deficient bridges is lower than the national average, according to a national study (PDF) released earlier this week by Transportation for America, a coalition of organizations pushing for increased transportation funding.

The commonwealth ranked 31st overall, with 9.4 percent of bridges rated structurally deficient. Nationally, the average is 11.5 percent. Structurally deficient means there's a major defect in the support structure or deck that requires significant maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement, the organization said. Of Virginia's 13,522 bridges, 1,267 are rated deficient.

Check out this map graphic from the Transportation for America website that shows bridges in Loudoun County -- almost 10 of which are classified as "structurally deficient."

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