Despite the nation’s efforts to upgrade its bridges in recent years, a staggering 151,500 are still labeled as deficient, the cure for which is to spend $20.5 billion every year between now and 2028.
That estimate comes from the Federal Highway Administration, which oversees the health of the nation’s bridges and which says that current spending on the spans is $12.8 billion annually.
“We’ve made a lot of progress, thanks in part to the Recovery Act, which allowed us to repair or replace more than 2,700 bridges,” FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez said of the billions of dollars pumped into the economy during the recession. “Still, there is a lot of work to be done.”
As quickly as some bridges are taken off the deficient list, others are added, a situation that weighs on states such as New Hampshire.
“Since 2000, we’ve removed 200 bridges from the state’s ‘red list’ and…
By Michele Fuetsch, Staff Reporter for TT