Thousands of bridges remain structurally deficient; Arizona in good shape, however

A boat passes under the drawbridge span of Memorial Bridge near the Lincoln Memorial on June 5, 2015 in Washington, DC
A boat passes under the drawbridge span of Memorial Bridge near the Lincoln Memorial on June 5, 2015 in Washington, DC

By Bart Jansen | USA TODAY

Nearly 10% of the country’s bridges – 58,495 out of 609,539 – were considered structurally deficient last year and needed repairs, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association reported Thursday.

The total represents 2,574 fewer bridges than the more than 61,000 in 2014, according to ARTBA, which represents the design and construction industry. The association reviewed Transportation Department records for its study. More than 63,000 bridges were structurally deficient in 2013, the group found.

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