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4.9% of Minnesota bridges are in poor shape, federal study finds



(The Center Square) – The share of Minnesota bridges found to be in poor condition is 4.9% of the total, the 14th lowest percentage among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Minnesota has a total of 13,471 bridges, with 661 designated in poor condition, according to the FHWA. Those judged to be in good shape numbered 7,944, the agency reported.

The FHWA annually doles out about $7 billion to assist local and state agencies in the planning, repair, construction, inspection and rehabilitation of bridges and other structures such as tunnels and culverts, according to the agency. 

The agency’s Office of Bridges and Structures offers policy and technical guidance about the preservation of the nation’s more than 610,000 highway bridges, as well as other key parts of the U.S. transportation system, according to the FHWA.

Which States Have the Highest Share of Deficient Bridges?

State / Territory Total Number of Bridges Bridges Deemed Good Bridges Deemed Fair Bridges Deemed Poor % of Bridges in Poor Shape Rank Based on % of Bridges in Poor Shape
West Virginia 7,295 1,763 3,987 1,545 21.18% 1
Iowa 23,982 9,305 10,106 4,571 19.06% 2
Rhode Island 777 143 486 148 19.05% 3
South Dakota 5,879 1,946 2,895 1,038 17.66% 4
Pennsylvania 22,965 7,492 12,120 3,353 14.60% 5
Maine 2,472 726 1,431 315 12.74% 6
Louisiana 12,853 6,178 5,041 1,634 12.71% 7
Michigan 11,271 4,193 5,859 1,219 10.82% 8
North Dakota 4,312 2,334 1,534 444 10.30% 9
Oklahoma 23,155 9,918 10,911 2,326 10.05% 10
New York 17,552 6,370 9,480 1,702 9.70% 11
Massachusetts 5,229 1,330 3,427 472 9.03% 12
Missouri 24,538 9,853 12,495 2,190 8.92% 13
Illinois 26,848 12,993 11,481 2,374 8.84% 14
Alaska 1,645 714 790 141 8.57% 15
New Hampshire 2,514 1,328 971 215 8.55% 16
Nebraska 15,348 8,038 6,008 1,302 8.48% 17
Mississippi 16,878 10,098 5,394 1,386 8.21% 18
South Carolina 9,455 4,136 4,574 745 7.88% 19
North Carolina 18,749 7,641 9,648 1,460 7.79% 20
New Jersey 6,801 1,820 4,479 502 7.38% 21
Hawaii 1,153 246 823 84 7.29% 22
Kentucky 14,422 4,311 9,078 1,033 7.16% 23
Montana 5,271 1,612 3,282 377 7.15% 24
Wyoming 3,122 891 2,013 218 6.98% 25
Wisconsin 14,271 7,334 5,958 979 6.86% 26
Idaho 4,522 1,312 2,924 286 6.32% 27
California 25,763 12,898 11,329 1,536 5.96% 28
Indiana 19,327 7,877 10,339 1,111 5.75% 29
Connecticut 4,357 1,248 2,861 248 5.69% 30
Colorado 8,829 3,277 5,071 481 5.45% 31
Kansas 24,948 13,306 10,321 1,321 5.30% 32
New Mexico 4,024 1,501 2,316 207 5.14% 33
Arkansas 12,946 6,391 5,892 663 5.12% 34
Ohio 27,072 16,248 9,447 1,377 5.09% 35
Maryland 5,430 1,773 3,384 273 5.03% 36
Washington 8,338 4,309 3,613 416 4.99% 37
Minnesota 13,471 7,944 4,866 661 4.91% 38
Oregon 8,214 2,817 5,002 395 4.81% 39
Tennessee 20,235 8,627 10,727 881 4.35% 40
Virginia 13,963 4,627 8,759 577 4.13% 41
Alabama 16,155 6,689 8,846 620 3.84% 42
District of Columbia 243 67 168 8 3.29% 43
Florida 12,592 8,168 4,016 408 3.24% 44
Georgia 14,964 9,278 5,312 374 2.50% 45
Vermont 2,827 1,514 1,247 66 2.33% 46
Delaware 882 282 581 19 2.15% 47
Utah 3,062 1,167 1,833 62 2.02% 48
Arizona 8,428 5,212 3,084 132 1.57% 49
Texas 54,682 27,736 26,128 818 1.50% 50
Nevada 2,056 1,015 1,013 28 1.36% 51

Source: Federal Highway Administration



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