Report highlights deficient bridges across the state

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Looking at bridges across the state, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association says more than 1,000 of the state’s bridges are classified as structurally deficient, meaning one or more of the bridge’s key elements is considered to be in poor or worse condition.

Among the top 25 most traveled structurally deficient bridges, eight were in the Richmond area. 8News spoke to some drivers to get their thoughts on some of the bridges on the list.

“It’s terrible, cracks everywhere, potholes,” said driver James Davis.

One of the bridges, I-295 over Hamilton Street in Richmond, is in the middle of getting repaired. Claude Carr, who works across the street, says it’s been falling apart for years.

“We’ve seen concrete falling down in chunks, just very unsafe,” Carr said. “We could see rebar, just very bad structure.”

But Carr says he’s glad to see the bridge is finally getting fixed. “Looks great, lsomething that’s long past due, they should have done it a long time ago.”

We reached out to VDOT about the report, which responded with a statement that read, in part:

“This does not mean that the structures are unsafe, but that there are elements of the structure that need to be monitored and/or repaired. In the case of structurally deficient bridges, inspection schedules are adjusted based on condition and need, and repairs are prioritized based on condition, location, cost and other factors.”

Click here to view the complete list of the top traveled deficient bridges in the state.

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