Study: 1 in 9 U.S. bridges is 'structurally deficient' - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Study: 1 in 9 U.S. bridges is 'structurally deficient'

Posted: Updated:

Chances are you either drive under or over a bridge on your way into work. A new study discovered that one in nine bridges across the U.S. are considered structurally deficient.

What does that mean for drivers here in Atlanta, and where does Georgia rank in this national study?

The big picture is that 42 inspectors are charged with watching over 15,000 bridges throughout the Peach State. It's a tall task and one that inspectors say they take very seriously.

Bridge maintenance engineers with the Georgia Department of Transportation are a busy group with such a massive responsibility. They make sure that in every aspect the bridges you and I use every day are structurally sound; that each bridge's particular height and weight restrictions are adhered to.

In one instance, it didn't take the group long to locate a pothole on the edge of one Georgia bridge. It's one of the important problems that they keep a constant watch for.

"We would never put [drivers] on a bridge that was unsafe for them to go over."

But, a new report released by Transportation for America shows 11 percent of U.S. bridges are considered structurally deficient. TFA is a United States policy organization primarily focused on building grassroots support for -- and enacting -- federal, state, and local government laws that support progressive transportation and land use policy," according to Wikipedia.

The words "structurally deficient" can not only sound scary, but may also be pretty alarming if you don't know exactly what it means. It doesn't mean the bridge is dangerous, but that it requires extra attention, repairs or needs to be replaced.

It most cases, it's the age and the increased traffic on a bridge that can cause problems. The height and weight the bridge was originally built for at one time is now being exceeded by current use.

Georgia ranks 7th best in the U.S. when it comes to having structurally sound bridges.

"We are proud of our bridges. Does that mean we have zero percent structurally deficient? No, we have six percent; but we're working our way to zero."

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • Hidden fees in checking accounts: Who's transparent, who's not

    Hidden fees in checking accounts: Who's transparent, who's not

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:10:06 GMT
    We already know about some of the fees our banks charge -- the monthly fee, the overdraft charge, out-of-network and minimum balance fees. That's standard stuff. But did you know that the average checking account has 30 fees attached?
    We already know about some of the fees our banks charge -- the monthly fee, the overdraft charge, out-of-network and minimum balance fees. That's standard stuff. But did you know that the average checking account has 30 fees attached?
  • Casting Call: August 27

    Casting Call: August 27

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:50 AM EDT2014-08-27 11:50:59 GMT
    Check out the Good Day Atlanta Casting Call for the week of August 13.
    Check out the Good Day Atlanta Casting Call for the week of August 13.
  • Katie Beasley's storiesMore>>

  • SKYFOX Traffic

    Tips for navigating around Georgia Dome traffic

    Tips for navigating around Georgia Dome traffic

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:16 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:16:27 GMT
    For the next three years, if you plan to be anywhere near the Georgia Dome, expect delays and plan ahead. That's the word from officials as we head into fall, the Dome's busiest time of the year.
    For the next three years, if you plan to be anywhere near the Georgia Dome, expect delays and plan ahead. That's the word from officials as we head into fall, the Dome's busiest time of the year.
  • SKYFOX Traffic

    Small windshield crack could cause big problems

    Small windshield crack could cause big problems

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:18 AM EDT2014-08-14 13:18:04 GMT
    It's one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. We're not talking about tires or your steering wheel, we're talking about your windshield.
    It's one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. We're not talking about tires or your steering wheel, we're talking about your windshield.
  • Atlanta Beltline celebrates success

    Atlanta Beltline celebrates success

    Thursday, August 7 2014 8:14 AM EDT2014-08-07 12:14:51 GMT
    It started as an idea 15 years ago, now the Atlanta Beltline is a huge success, users say. This summer an international panel awarded it the grand prize for "Best Rehabilitation Project" across the globe.
    It started as an idea 15 years ago, now the Atlanta Beltline is a huge success, users say. This summer an international panel awarded it the grand prize for "Best Rehabilitation Project" across the globe.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices