More than 55,000 bridges in the U.S. were deemed "structurally insufficient," meaning they need attention before they became too dangerous to drive on, according to a new report.
The American Road and Transportation Builders Association listed 55,710 bridges in need of attention, including famous ones like Throgs Neck in New York and Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C.
About 1,900 of those bridges are on interstate highways. Overall, 13,000 bridges on highways need to be replaced or overhauled, according to ARTBA's report.
America's highway network is woefully underperforming. It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization.
According to the group's report, one in four bridges are at least 50 years old and have never had major reconstruction done.
The 10 states with the most 'structurally deficient' bridges:
- Iowa (4,968)
- Pennsylvania (4,506)
- Oklahoma (3,460)
- Missouri (3,195)
- Nebraska (2,361)
- Illinois (2,243)
- Kansas (2,151)
- Mississippi (2,098)
- Ohio (1,942)
- New York (1,928)
President Trump has called for a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to overhaul, among other things, U.S. roads and bridges. When Democrats crafted an infrastructure bill last month, it didn't go far.
Transportation Secretary Elanie Chao said in her confirmation hearing that the highway trust fund is a "huge issue" since it spends about $10 billion more than it earns each year, USA Today reports.