Every day, millions of Americans drive on bridges which Federal Highway Administration inspectors have deemed structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. At best, these bridges are inefficient. At worst lives are at risk, as the I-35 Bridge collapse in Minneapolis and the more recent I-5 collapse in Washington demonstrated.
Generally, a structurally deficient bridge is deteriorating and can be unsafe. A functionally obsolete bridge is generally outdated, such as being too low to allow water shipping traffic or unable to meet traffic capacity. Both are serious problems which affect our nation’s competitiveness and have safety implications.
Check the map for deficient bridges near you and call on Congress to invest in fixing our bridges.