Of the 617,000 bridges in the U.S., over 40% are at least 50 years old. More than 46,000 or these are considered to be in poor condition.
According to Roads & Bridges, by repairing these structures, we can prevent posted load restrictions from slowing down trucks and hindering shipping operations, and fewer traffic delays means greater efficiency for businesses. At the same time, families and individuals will have safer travel, whether by vehicle, bus or train. While this funding will not fully close our estimated $125 billion backlog of bridge repair needs nationwide, it is a significant down payment on the nation’s future. How do we ensure that these infrastructure funds are well spent? Improving or building out new infrastructure is a complex endeavor, which includes working across multiple jurisdictions and approval processes—often accessing a mix of funding sources, and paying close attention to the availability and cost of construction contracting, labor and supplies.