A report pointing to deficient bridges across the country, particularly in Pittsburgh, comes as many say the U.S. needed to spend $196 billion annually for the next 30 years to build and preserve U.S. highways and bridges.
Pittsburgh leads the nation in the number of deficient highway bridges, followed by Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., according to a report released by Transportation for America, a broad coalition of transportation, business and economic advocacy groups.
“With the majority of American bridges soon due for major maintenance, overhaul or replacement, scenarios such as this could begin playing out with increasing frequency absent concerted effort and
Investment,” the report stated.
Congress’ top two long-term transportation spending plans fall short of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ call to invest $196 billion annually for the next 30 years on highway and bridge construction and preservation.
A House proposal looks to spend $38 billion annually for six years, while a Senate proposal calls for $109 billion in spending over the next two years.
The report found that 1,133, bridges in the Pittsburgh metropolitan were deficient, 30.4 percent of the total. Some 27.5 percent, 783 bridges, in the Tulsa area were deficient, followed by 19.8 percent, 685 bridges around Oklahoma City. Researchers defined deficiency as a “bridge in need of more frequent monitoring and critical, near-term maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement.”