Over 25 percent of bridges in Pennsylvania are structurally deficient, according to a new report. This means the state has both the highest percentage and the greatest number of deficient bridges in the country.
The report, "The Fix We're In For: The State of Our Nation's Bridges," was released by Transportation for America. According to the report, 5,906 of Pennsylvania's 22,271 bridges were rated "poor" by inspectors on at least one of three components – the superstructure, substructure, or deck. That amounts to 26.5 percent of the state's bridges. The state with the next highest percentage of deficient bridges was Oklahoma with 22 percent.
Furthermore, 14 Pennsylvania counties were among the worst 100 counties in the United States for percentage of deficient bridges, including Clearfield, Lawrence, Fayette, Butler, Washington, and Greene. An analysis done last year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette found that 27 percent of the bridges were rated structurally deficient in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. It's estimated that about 22.8 million vehicles use deficient bridges in PA every day.