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Nearly two thirds of the nation’s substandard bridges can be found in rural America.
Federal inspections have found that just over 11% of the nation’s highway bridges are “structurally deficit,” according to Transportation for America, a group promoting transportation projects. That percentage is about the same in rural, urban and exurban counties.
But although most people live in urban and exurban counties — about 80 percent of the U.S. population — nearly two out of every three bridges can be found in rural communities. Some 69,000 bridges are structurally deficient, according to federal engineers — more than 43,600 of those are in rural counties.
(To see Transportation for America’s full bridge report, go here.)
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