17 More Major Bridges That America Should Fix Immediately

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The collapse of a bridge carrying Interstate Highway 5 in Washington State on Thursday has reignited the debate about America’s decaying infrastructure.

Although this collapse was apparently caused by a truck with an oversize load hitting a girder, the bridge was not in great condition to start.

The bridge was inspected last year and received a “sufficiency rating” of 47 out of 100, according to The Wall Street Journal. That’s not great, but there are worse bridges out there.

It was not among the 11.5 per cent of US bridges, crossed by an average of 282,672,680 vehicles daily, deemed “structurally deficient” by the Federal Highway Administration in 2011.

A rating of structurally deficient or functionally obsolete rating doesn’t mean a bridge is necessarily near collapse. But all of them need work, and many hold up traffic on some of America’s busiest roadways.

Using a report from Transportation for America, we have picked out 17 of the most heavily trafficked structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges in America.

I-95 over Hendricks Ave. (Jacksonville, FL)

172,000 vehicles drive over it every day.

68.3/100 sufficiency rating

According to the FHWA, the bridge's deck is in poor condition.

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

I-64 ramp at River Rd. (Louisville, KY)

144,000 vehicles drive over it every day.

66/100 sufficiency rating

The bridge is rated 'functionally obsolete, meaning that it is 'no longer by design functionally adequate for its task.'

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

I-35E over Pennsylvania Ave. (St. Paul, MN)

154,000 vehicles drive over it every day.

64/100 sufficiency rating

According to the FHWA, the bridge's deck, superstructure, and substructure are in poor condition.

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

I-10 at I-110 Avenue (Los Angeles, California)

304,000 vehicles drive over it every day.

60/100 sufficiency rating

The bridge is rated 'functionally obsolete, meaning that it is 'no longer by design functionally adequate for its task.'

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

I-70 over Fisher Road (Columbus, OH)

146,370 vehicles drive over it every day.

57/100 sufficiency rating

According to the FHWA, the substructure is in poor condition.

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

IS-695 over Milford Mill Rd. (Baltimore County, MD)

190,204 vehicles drive over it every day.

56.9/100 sufficiency rating

According to the FHWA, the bridge's deck is in poor condition.

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

I-76 over Klemm Avenue (Camden, NJ)

191,940 vehicles drive over it every day.

52/100 sufficiency rating

According to the FHWA, the bridge's deck and superstructure are in poor condition.

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

Route 395 over the George Washington Memorial Parkway (Arlington, VA)

115,000 vehicles drive over it every day.

51/100 sufficiency rating

According to the FHWA, the bridge's deck and superstructure are in poor condition.

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

I-278, an approach to the Verazano Bridge (Staten Island, NY)

169,791 vehicles drive over it every day.

49/100 sufficiency rating

According to the FHWA, the bridge's substructure is in poor condition.

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

PA Turnpike at S. York Rd. (Hatboro, PA)

85,801 vehicles drive over it every day.

49/100 sufficiency rating

According to the FHWA, the substructure is in poor condition.

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

Second Blvd. over I-94 (Wayne, MI)

146,000 vehicles drive over it every day.

48/100 sufficiency rating

According to the FHWA, the superstructure of the bridge is in poor condition, and the deck is in serious condition.

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

I-95 over SR 745 (New Haven, CT)

141,200 vehicles drive over it every day.

42.1/100 sufficiency rating

According to the FHWA, the bridge's deck and superstructure are in poor condition.

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

I-95 over Jefferson Blvd. (Warwick, RI)

156,400 vehicles drive over it every day.

34.1/100 sufficiency rating

The FHWA rates the bridge's superstructure as in serious condition, and the bridge as 'basically intolerable requiring a high priority of corrective action.'

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

I-290 over Salt Creek (Addison, IL)

162,400 vehicles drive over it every day.

34/100 sufficiency rating

The FHWA rates the bridges deck and superstructure as being in critical condition, and the bridge as 'basically intolerable requiring high priority of replacement'

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

Halona Street over Kapalama Canal (Honolulu, HI)

183,925 vehicles drive over it every day.

32.1/100 sufficiency rating

According to the FHWA, the bridge's deck and superstructure are in poor condition.

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

I-65 over City Street (Birmingham, AL)

146,620 vehicles drive over it every day.

32/100 sufficiency rating

The FHWA rates the superstructure as in poor condition.

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

I-25 over the South Platte River (Denver, CO)

203,000 vehicles drive over it every day.

24.5/100 sufficiency rating

The FHWA rates the condition of the bridge's superstructure as 'serious', and its structural evaluation states that its condition is 'basically intolerable requiring high priority of corrective action.'

A sufficiency rating is the FHWA's measure of a bridge's sufficiency to stay in service. Each of these bridges has a rating below 80, which is the threshold below which a bridge is considered deficient or functionally obsolete. Analysis provided by National Bridge Inventory and Transportation For America.

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