Alabama's bridges: A State of Disrepair

The state of Alabama has 16,000 highway bridges.{} According to the National Bridge Inspection program almost 1600 - 10% - are deemed to be structurally deficient!

Perhaps that is why Governor Robert Bentley is suggesting Alabama borrow $2 billion to fix bridges and repair roads.

Five of the top ten most heavily used structurally deficient bridges are in central Alabama; four of them in Jefferson county alone. They include a bridge near I-65 and 2nd Ave north, another on Alabama state road 75 at US 11, a third{}{}at US 78 and Village Creek,{}and one on US 78 at the{}Adamsville city limits.{}

A fifth structurally deficient bridge with high traffic volume is on US 431 and US 411 in Etowah county.

Some counties have bridges with worse conditions than others in the state. For example, in Blount county there are 186 bridges. Forty of them are considered structurally deficient.