A total of 55,710 bridges were found to be structurally deficient in the U.S. in 2016, with little improvement from the previous year, according to a new report.
If placed end-to-end, the nation’s deficient bridges would stretch 1,276 miles, or half the distance from New York to Los Angeles, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said Wednesday.
Cars, trucks and school buses drove across structurally compromised bridges about 185 million times per day last year, according to the report.
The new data comes as President Trump has vowed to inject $1 trillion into the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, including for road, bridge and tunnel upgrades.
“America’s highway network is woefully underperforming. It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization,” said Alison Premo Black, ARTBA’s chief economist. “State and local transportation departments haven’t been provided the resources to keep pace with the nation’s bridge needs.”
The ARTBA report did find that the number of deficient bridges slightly declined by 0.5 percent, or 2,785 bridges, compared to 2015, but that pace would take more than two decades to replace or repair all of the bridges.
By 2025, the price of maintaining and updating the country’s infrastructure will total $3.3 trillion, but planned investments are only $1.8 trillion, leaving a $1.4 trillion gap.
That shortfall is projected to grow to $5.1 trillion by 2040 if spending continues on the current trajectory, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Iowa had the most deficient bridges, with 4,968, followed by Pennsylvania, with 4,506; Oklahoma, with 3,460; Missouri, with 3,195; and Nebraska, with 2,361. Meanwhile, the District of Columbia had the least with 9 comprised bridges, followed by Nevada with 31 and Delaware with 43.