Bridge terminology definitions
A bridge designated “structurally deficient” does not mean that the bridge is unsafe; it simply means that either the deck, the superstructure, or the substructure has a condition that warrants attention. This can be as simple as a concrete bridge deck needing work and requiring a bridge deck overlay.
A bridge designated “functionally obsolete” means that some part of the bridge does not meet a design standard such as vertical clearance, deck width, etc. It has nothing to do with the structural integrity of the bridge.
While 28 of the 1,714 bridges (1.6%) on the State Highway System are presently designated as structurally deficient, seven of the bridges are currently under contract and 15 are scheduled for rehabilitation or replacement in the next four years. These completed projects will reduce the number of state bridges listed as structurally deficient to 10. The remaining bridges are being evaluated.
Three of 102 bridges (2.9%) on the Urban Highway system are designated as Structurally Deficient.
621 of 3,160 bridges (19.6%) on the County Highway System are designated as Structurally Deficient.back to top