More than 50,000 American bridges are falling apart

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On Tuesday, President Trump announced his proposal for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure programme in his state of the Union address to the American people. He failed to mention that over the next decade, the federal government would provide very little money whatsoever for America’s crumbling bridges, rails, roads, and waterways.
In fact, Trump’s plan counts on state and local governments working in tandem with private investors to fork up the cash for projects.
In overhauling the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, the federal government is only willing to pledge $200 billion in federal money over the next decade, leaving the remainder of $1.3 trillion for cities, states, and private companies.
Precisely how Trump’s infrastructure programme would work remains somewhat of a mystery after his Tuesday’s night speech, as state transportation officials warned that significant hikes to taxes, fees, and tolls would be required by local governments to fund such projects.
To get an understanding of the severity of America’s crumbling infrastructure. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has recently published a shocking report specifying more than 50,000 bridges across the country are rated “structurally deficient.”

If the “structurally deficient” bridges were placed end-to-end, they would stretch 1,216 miles or nearly the distance between Miami and New York City, said ARTBA. Cars, trucks, and school buses cross these 54,259 compromised structures more than 175 million times per day, which it is only a matter of time before another Mississippi River Bridge collapse occurs.
Here are the highlights from the report: 

  • 54,259 of the nation’s 612,677 bridges are rated “structurally deficient.”
  • Americans cross these deficient bridges 174 million times daily.
  • Average age of a structurally deficient bridge is 67 years, compared to 40 years for non-deficient bridges.
  • One in three (226,837) U.S. bridges have identified repair needs.
  • One in three (17,726) Interstate highway bridges have identified repair needs.
  • Website features listing of deficient bridges by state and congressional district.
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Dr. Alison Premo Black, chief economist for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), who conducted the analysis, said, “the pace of improving the nation’s inventory of structurally deficient bridges slowed this past year. It’s down only two-tenths of a percent from the number reported in the government’s 2016 data. At current pace of repair or replacement, it would take 37 years to remedy all of them. ” 

Black says, “An infrastructure package aimed at modernizing the Interstate System would have both short- and long-term positive effects on the U.S. economy.”
She adds that traffic jams cost the trucking industry $60 billion in 2017 in lost productivity and fuel, which “increases the cost of everything we make, buy or export.”
Other key findings in the ARTBA report:

  • Iowa (5,067), Pennsylvania (4,173), Oklahoma (3,234), Missouri (3,086), Illinois (2,303), Nebraska (2,258), Kansas (2,115), Mississippi (2,008), North Carolina (1,854) and New York (1,834) have the most structurally deficient bridges. The District of Columbia (8), Nevada (31), Delaware (39), Hawaii (66) and Utah (87) have the least.
  • At least 15 percent of the bridges in six states—Rhode Island (23 percent), Iowa (21 percent), West Virginia (19 percent), South Dakota (19 percent), Pennsylvania (18 percent) and Nebraska (15 percent)—fall in the structurally deficient category.
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Here are the most traveled “structurally deficient” U.S. bridges in 2017:
In 2007, the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis collapsed during an evening rush hour commute, sending cars and trucks diving into the river. Thirteen people were killed and 145 were injured. The incident served as an eye opener to America’s deteriorating infrastructure. Ten years later, not much progress has been made in America’s bridges.

President Trump has undoubtedly overhyped his proposal for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure programme, while details of the project remain a mystery. What’s already known is that a majority of the funding will come from states,  local governments, and private investments. Some state officials have already warned that significant hikes in taxes, fees, and tolls could be used as funding sources. As for the 50,000 “structurally deficient” bridges across America, it is a race against time for the Trump administration, before the next bridge collapses triggers a mass causality event. We are almost positive this administration does not want this on their plate.
“Every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and — where appropriate — tapping into private sector investment to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit,” Mr. Trump said in his State of the Union address.


6 thoughts on “More than 50,000 American bridges are falling apart

    • Everything is great and new there because our U.S. tax dollars have paid for it, they also have the best free medical while Americans suffer, starve and have the equivalent of 3rd world infrastructure! The sheep here do not worry to much about it, they just keep voting for the puppets that work for the man behind the curtain.

  1. China is building infrastructures all over the world. We’re providing weapons! For those of you who do international travel, note the obvious contrast between the new innovative airports and America’s! La Guardia looks like a modern day cheap Ellis Island!

    • The infrastructure in China is mind boggling from when I was on a project in the early 2000’s! I went to China in 2014 via Beijing, then from Xuzhou down to Ningbo by maglev rail around 750 km in around 3 hours with 3 stops, and we can’t seem to fix a bridge. We waste more wealth on military bases and provocation of world wars. We have some real psychos in charge here – time to throw them out in send them to Gitmo.

  2. It appears we should stop the $trillions used in wars for the benefit of the MIC and bankers. Shut down the 800+ military bases around the world, then shut down the Fed and claw back the wealth they’ve raped the people of. Then shoot the basterds.

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