Report: 1/5 of Iowa's Bridges "Structurally Deficient"
A new report from a Washington, D.C. advocacy group says that about 1/5 of Iowa's bridges are structurally deficient. The report, completed by Transportation for America, says that of Iowa's 24,000 bridges, more than 5,000 are labeled as structurally deficient. While state and county engineers agree with that assessment, it does not mean any danger is looming. If a structurally deficient bridge was deemed to be dangerous, the bridge would be closed. Iowa Department of Transportation bridge engineer Scott Neubaur said over the next 5 years, $200 million dollars will be invested to replace 50 state bridges. Several county engineers say an increase to the road use tax could be benificial to repair and replace local and county bridges.