Pennsylvania has the second-highest number of structurally deficient bridges, according to an analysis of federal government data.
The state has 4,173 of the structures that “may not be imminently unsafe, (but) they are in need of attention,” according to a release by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
The analysis looked at data from the 2017 National Bridge Inventory database from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
There is one structurally deficient-rated bridge for every 27 miles of major highway in the United States, the analysis finds.
Only Iowa has more bridges in need of attention with 5,067, while Oklahoma with 3,234 is in third place behind Pennsylvania. Washington, D.C., Nevada, Delaware, Hawaii and Utah have the least.
That total number accounts for 18 percent of Pennsylvania’s total number of bridges, according to the release.
In December, PennDOT and its development partner in the 25-year, $899 million Rapid Bridge Replacement project announced it had improved and opened about 218 bridges.