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State’s roads and bridges poor

April 11, 2011
The Mining Journal

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan ranks 13th worst nationally in the overall condition of its bridges, according to a report released recently by an advocacy group.

The Transportation for America report found 13.1 percent of Michigan's bridges are "structurally deficient" according to federal standards, compared with a U.S. average of 11.5 percent. In all, one out of every eight bridges that motorists in Michigan cross each day is deteriorating to some degree, the report said.

As of 2010, Michigan had 10,928 highway bridges, with 4,402 of them owned by the state; 6,447 owned by local counties, cities and towns; and 79 owned by other entities, such as private businesses and federal agencies.

Of those 10,928 highway bridges, 1,437 of them were found to be structurally deficient, said Transportation for America, a Washington, D.C.-based group that works on federal transportation issues.

Its Michigan organizer, CeCe Grant, said Transportation for America vetted the report through the state Department of Transportation before publication.



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