this year's State of The Union, one
of President Obama's proposalswas
to immediately build a public private partnership to fix the nearly
70,000 structurally deficient bridges in the United States.
claimed companies like Siemens America
were willing to bring more jobs here if we upgraded and repaired our
roads and bridges really have decayed. As of last year, 11.5
percent of US bridges, crossed by an average of 282,672,680
vehicles daily, were graded as "structurally deficient" by
the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
other bridges are rated "functionally obsolete," which
means that they are "no longer by design functionally adequate
for their task," according to the FHWA.
for America released a report detailing
the most trafficked structurally deficient and functionally obsolete
bridges in America, and we've picked out the busiest in 17
different states, and ordered them by condition, from best to worst.
should not be interpreted as a list of bridges that are near
collapse. But all of them need work, and many hold up traffic on some
of America's busiest roadways.
percent unemployment and
low interest rates, business, government, and drivers can agree that
we could make some upgrades.