2 QC bridges named worst in worst state for structurally deficient spans

Iowa tops the list, with Illinois in the top 5

A recent report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association ranks Iowa first in structurally deficient bridges.

Illinois is not far behind -- ranking 5th worst in the country.

The Interstate 280 bridge over the Mississippi and the Centennial Bridge in the Quad Cities both topped the lists in Iowa.

Bridges are rated by several factors, including the driving surface, supports and the foundation. 

According to the report, Illinois has just over 2,600 bridges in need of repair, but most of them are major bridges that could cost over $9 billion.

In Iowa, there are many more bridges -- over 15,000 -- but most of them are rural bridges and repairs would cost around $7.5 million dollars.

During Tuesday night's State of the Union address, President Donald Trump highlighted the need for infrastructure repair.

"We built the Empire State Building in just one year -- is it not a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?" Trump said.

The president has proposed a $1.5 trillion plan to overhaul the nation's infrastructure -- but most of that will rely on state, local and private investments rather than federal funding.

Source: American Road and Transportation Builders Association


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