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Peach State Bridges Rank 9th in U.S. – Atlanta Business Chronicle, June 20, 2013

Peach State bridges rank ninth in U.S.

Georgia has the some of best bridge infrastructure in the United States, according to a new report.

Transportation for America, a coalition working on reforming transportation throughout the nation, published a report Thursday about the state of bridges across the nation.

The report found that 11 percent of bridges in the U.S. are structurally deficient and need significant maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement. However, in a ranking of the states with the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges, Georgia came in near the bottom — meaning it’s one of the best states for bridges in the United States.

Of Georgia’s 14,730 bridges, 6 percent (878 bridges) are deficient. This is 7.9 percent better than in 2011, the report noted.

The Peach State’s bridges have an average age of 41 years, compared with 57 years for its deficient bridges.

The Transportation for America report estimates that throughout the U.S., it would cost $76 billion to fix all of the deficient bridges. This money isn’t likely to be available all at once, and as more bridges age, this cost is only expected to grow.

In the future, Transportation for America said, there will be a new federal approach to fixing deficient bridges — the impact of which is uncertain. In this system, states will have more control over which bridges to fix. Still, the report points out that more money is necessary to improve conditions.

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