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The State of Our Nation's Busiest Bridges

The State of Our Nation's Busiest Bridges

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Transportation for America's report, "The Fix We're In For," calling for more funds to fix and maintain bridges in metropolitan areas.
Transportation for America's report, "The Fix We're In For," calling for more funds to fix and maintain bridges in metropolitan areas.

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Te Fix We’re In For
: The State of OurNation’s Busiest Bridges
TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA // OCTOBER 2011
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 ABOUT TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA 
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T4 AMERICA 
Executive Committee
Smart Growth America (co-chair)Reconnecting America (co-chair) Alternatives for Community & Environment America Bikes American Public Health Association (APHA) Apollo Alliance at the Blue Green AllianceLOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developersand InvestorsNational Association of City Transportation
Ofcials
 National Association of RealtorsNational Housing ConferenceNatural Resources Defense CouncilPolicyLink Rails-to-Trails Conservancy The Surface Transportation Policy Partnership Transit for Livable CommunitiesU.S. Public Interest Research Group
 Transportation for America (T4 America) is the largest, most diverse coalition working on
transportation reform today. Our nation’s transportation network is based on a policy that has
not been signicantly updated since the 1950’s. We believe it is time for a bold new vision —
transportation that guarantees our freedom to move however we choose and leads to a stronger
economy, greater energy security, cleaner environment and healthier America for all of us. We’recalling for more responsible investment of our federal tax dollars to create a safer, cleaner,
smarter transportation system that works for everyone.
 About Transportation for America
 Transportation for America
1707 L Street NW, Suite 250
 
Washington, D.C. 20036
 
202.955.5543
 
info@t4america.org
Contact us
 This report was written by Stephen Lee Davis with additional contributions from Kevin DeGood,
Nick Donohue and David Goldberg of Transportation for America. Our thanks also go to the
USDOT and FHWA for their cooperation on the National Bridge Inventory Data. Released October19, 2011.
 
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headlines as Louisville trac was snarled and mil-lions o Americans wondered about the conditiono the busy bridges they have to cross each day. With the majority o American bridges soon dueor major maintenance, overhaul or replacement,scenarios such as this could begin playing out withincreasing requency absent concerted eort andinvestment.
 The largest 102 metropolitan
areas
ransportation or America conducted an analy-sis o the National Bridge Inventory, a databaseproduced by the Federal Highway Administration(FHWA), and ound one in nine U.S. bridgeshas been rated “structurally decient.” Tismeans that the bridge is in need o more requent
Te state of ournation’s busiest bries
Pounded by heavy trac day in and day out, thebridges in our metropolitan areas are indispens-able links in the transportation system that takesmillions o people to work and goods to marketevery day. And they threaten to become weak links, as they age and deteriorate in an era whenpublic investment in inrastructure is shrinking inrelative terms..Te impact o a ailure to attend to our bridgesbecame all too clear in September, 2011, when thegovernors o Kentucky and Indiana were orced toclose the busy Sherman Minton Bridge in metro-politan Louisville ater inspectors ound cracks inits structural beams. Te closure made national
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