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Report: 9% of Illinois Bridges in Trouble
Nearly nine percent or one out of twelve bridges in Illinois are "structurally deficient." That's according to a report by Transportation for America.
"Structurally deficient" means bridges could become dangerous or closed without repair. The organization used government standards to find more than 2,300 bridges need repair in Illinois. They say federal support is needed to fix those bridges and make traveling safer because while most bridges are designed to last 50 years or more before major maintenance is needed Illinois' bridges average 40 years old.
"We look from everything from underground on up," Tim Zahrn, the Sangamon County Engineer said. "Under water all the way to the top. We have two inspectors. A lot of our bridges are on a two year inspection interval. If there are issues, they may go on a 12 month, six month, or three month cycle inspection depending on the condition of the bridge."
The report also says Illinois ranks in the middle for overall condition of the state's bridges. To see bridges in your area that were labeled "structurally deficient," click here.