Capitol Annex has the bad news: Texas Bridges: 193 Are Structurally Deficient, Highest Number In Nation
Texas provides an example of the limitations of FHWA’s compliance reviews. Texas has 48,492 bridges on the 2003 Bridge Inventory, by far the largest number of all states, but has only one FHWA bridge engineer and one assistant engineer.
Of the 15,072 National Highway System bridges in Texas, 193 are structurally deficient. As part of the annual compliance review, the FHWA Texas Division performs approximately eight follow-up reviews of bridge documents each year, and visits about six bridges per review (for a total of only 48 of the 48,492 bridges in the state) to ensure that inspections performed by the Texas Department of Transportation are done in accordance with Inspection Standards.
This shouldn’t be a surprise to any Texans. Before he was the No-infrastructure President he was the No-infrastructure Governor.
Read the bad news at Capitol Annex.
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Wow, that’s kind of scary. Especially after the brige falling over the Mississippi. Very interesting blog.
Keep it up!