More than one in 10 Michigan bridges are deemed â??structurally deficientâ?? according to a new national report.
The study was released by Transportation for America, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition. It shows roughly 13 percent of bridges in the state are in poor condition. Thatâ??s higher than the national average of 11 percent. Nearly 67,000 bridges nationwide are classified as â??structurally deficient.â?? The report says, while most bridges are designed to las 50 years before major overhaul or replacement, American bridges average 43 years old. The average age of Michiganâ??s deficient bridges is 64. Several of those bridges are in the Flint area, including the one on Kearsley over the Gilkey Creek that was built in 1920 and the one on Longway, also over the creek, built in 1954.
The Michigan Environmental Council says the report highlights the need to fix the bridges before they get worse.
â??Most of these bridges are 40 years old or older, and now is the time to raise the money so we can start to address these,â?? said Tim Fischer, deputy policy director at the Michigan Environmental Council.
To see the full report, go to http://t4america.org/resources/bridges.