Over 1,800 bridges across the state are structurally deficient
Posted on 4/6/2015 11:14:00 AM.
According to the United States Public Interest Research Group, federal data from 2014 indicates that over 1,800 bridges in Louisiana need repairs.  The Federal Highway Administration lists 1,837 bridges in Louisiana as "structurally deficient".  

Louisiana Department of Transportation spokesman Rodney Mallett says motorists should not be frightened by this designation.
"It does not mean it's unsafe.  It's a way to kind of grade bridges on how they're going to get funding for repairs."

A "structurally deficient" designation means a bridge has at least one component that needs repair or replacement.  Mallet admits that DOTD has prioritized interstate improvements in recent years, but that doesn't mean bridges across the state have been neglected.

"Since 2008, we have invested over $1.3 billion and that's resulted in over 470 bridge repair and replacement projects."

The state faces a $12 billion backlog in delayed road and bridge maintenance projects.  Mallett says, with the current financial problems facing the state, it all comes down to money.

"We have plans, we have projects, we have designs for many different projects across the state and as we get funding for those, we will address those." 
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