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The Arlington Memorial Bridge is seen at sunrise in Washington, Thursday, March 3, 2016. The National Park Service is preparing to patch up the Arlington Memorial Bridge one last time, but even that fix will only extend the life of Washington?s most iconic river crossing by another five years. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A new report shows 55,000 bridges in the US need attention before they become unsafe

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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 It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization.
Alison Premo Black, ARTBA

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 Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, from a trip to Florida. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, from a trip to Florida. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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.

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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao arrives to be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence in the Eisenhower executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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.

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