Nearly 9% of all Missouri, Illinois bridges are ‘structurally deficient’: Report

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Almost 9% of all bridges in Missouri and Illinois have been deemed "structurally deficient" by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The new report says 2,190 bridges in Missouri and 2,374 bridges in Illinois are "in poor or worse condition."

Using data from the Federal Highway Administration, the organization found that Missouri and Illinois ranked 14 and 15 for the highest percentage of "structurally deficient" bridges among all US states, at 8.9% and 8.8% respectively. Illinois was No. 3 for most total "structurally deficient" bridges and Missouri was No. 5.

The report says the combined 3,564 bridges need to be replaced outright.

The report named the Popular Street Bridge in downtown St. Louis as one of the most traveled bad bridges in Illinois, with 117,700 daily crossings. The five most-traveled deficient bridges in Missouri are all in the St. Louis area.

ARTBA estimates it would cost $5.6 billion in Illinois and $1.7 billion in Missouri to fix all the bridges.

Iowa ranked number one for most bridges "structurally deficient" with 4,571 and Delaware was the lowest with just 19.

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