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Study: Hawaii has among the fewest bridge problems

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 07:12 a.m. HST, Apr 24, 2014

Hawaii is among five states with the fewest structurally deficient bridges, according to data from a new government report.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association analyzed U.S. Department of Transportation data and found that with 144 structurally deficient bridges, Hawaii is among five states with the fewest bridge problems needing to be addressed. Other states in the bottom four are Alaska (133),  Utah (117), Delaware (56), and with the fewest, Nevada (36).

States with the highest numbers of structurally deficient bridges are Pennsylvania (5,218), Iowa (5,043), Oklahoma (4,227), Missouri (3,357) and California (2,769).

The association found that the 250 most heavily crossed structurally deficient bridges are on urban interstate highways, especially in California, and that with one exception all are at least 39 years old.

The ARTBA expressed concern that as states face a slowdown in reimbursements for approved federal-aid highway projects, there will be no Highway Trust Fund support for new roads, bridges, or public transportation projects during fiscal year 2015.

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gsr wrote:
C'mon, what's the percentage? Hawaii has way fewer bridges total so of course the number of deficient bridges is low.
on April 24,2014 | 07:53AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Ditto. The number of deficient bridges is meaningless without knowing the total number of bridges in the state. As a percentage of the total, Hawaii could have the worst record in the country.
on April 24,2014 | 08:22AM
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