One Year After Major Bridge Collapse, Structures Still Need Work
Ever since the collapse of the eight-lane Interstate bridge into the Mississippi River on Aug. 1, 2007, a lot more people have been paying attention to the amount of work being done to repair bridges across the United States.
According to a new Associated Press study, only 12 per cent of bridges with structural deficiencies have been repaired. While the 1,020 bridges in the study are not in imminent danger of collapse, many of the bridges in the States do not do any work on them other than regular repairs.
An Associated Press review of repairs on each state's 20 most-traveled bridges with structural deficiencies found just 12 percent have been fixed. In most states, the most common approach was to plan for repairs later rather than fix problems now.
The bridges reviewed by the AP - 1,020 in all - are not in imminent danger of collapse, state engineers and highway officials say. But the officials acknowledge the structures need improvement, many sooner rather than later.
The collapse of the eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge into the Mississippi River on Aug. 1, 2007, killed 13 people and brought immediate calls for repairs to bridges across the nation.