Report: Michigan Bridges 13th Worst In America 3-28-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Report: Michigan Bridges 13th Worst In America 3-28-2011

A new report from an advocacy group shows 13.1 percent of Michigan's bridges are "structurally deficient" according to federal standards.
That compares with a U.S. average of 11.5 percent. Transportation for America said Michigan ranks 13th nationally in the overall condition of its bridges.
The group released its report, called "The Fix We're In For: The State of Michigan's Bridges," on Monday. It found one out of every eight bridges that motorists in Michigan cross each day has some degree of deterioration.
Missaukee County in the northwestern part of the Lower Peninsula has the worst average bridge condition.
Four counties in Michigan tied for the best. The report said Keweenaw, Leelanau, Montmorency and Otsego counties have no structurally deficient bridges.
The report states, that "regardless of the amount of wear and tear, most bridges are designed to last roughly 50 years, yet more than 185,000 highway bridges nationwide (out of 600,000 total) are already 50 years old or older. By 2030, that number could double and has the potential to triple by 2050. The average age of Michigan’s bridges is 41.3 years old."
Transportation for America said that Michigan’s bridges are suffering the results of years of underinvestment. They argue that without a change in federal support, it will eventually cost each driver $226 to fix all of the structurally deficient bridges.
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