8.8% of Illinois bridges are in poor shape, federal study finds

(The Center Square) – The share of Illinois bridges found to be in poor condition is 8.8 percent of the total, the 14th highest percentage among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Illinois has a total of 26,848 bridges, with 2,374 designated in poor condition, according to the FHWA. Those judged to be in good shaped numbered 12,993, the agency reported.

The FHWA annually doles out about $7 billion to assist local and state agencies in the planning, repair, construction, inspection and rehabilitation of bridges and other structures such as tunnels and culverts, according to the agency.

The agency’s Office of Bridges and Structures offers policy and technical guidance about the preservation of the nation’s more than 610,000 highway bridges, as well as other key parts of the U.S. transportation system, according to the FHWA.

Which States Have the Highest Share of Deficient Bridges?

State / TerritoryTotal Number of BridgesBridges Deemed GoodBridges Deemed FairBridges Deemed Poor% of Bridges in Poor ShapeRank Based on % of Bridges in Poor ShapeWest Virginia7,2951,7633,9871,54521.18%1Iowa23,9829,30510,1064,57119.06%2Rhode Island77714348614819.05%3South Dakota5,8791,9462,8951,03817.66%4Pennsylvania22,9657,49212,1203,35314.60%5Maine2,4727261,43131512.74%6Louisiana12,8536,1785,0411,63412.71%7Michigan11,2714,1935,8591,21910.82%8North Dakota4,3122,3341,53444410.30%9Oklahoma23,1559,91810,9112,32610.05%10New York17,5526,3709,4801,7029.70%11Massachusetts5,2291,3303,4274729.03%12Missouri24,5389,85312,4952,1908.92%13Illinois26,84812,99311,4812,3748.84%14Alaska1,6457147901418.57%15New Hampshire2,5141,3289712158.55%16Nebraska15,3488,0386,0081,3028.48%17Mississippi16,87810,0985,3941,3868.21%18South Carolina9,4554,1364,5747457.88%19North Carolina18,7497,6419,6481,4607.79%20New Jersey6,8011,8204,4795027.38%21Hawaii1,153246823847.29%22Kentucky14,4224,3119,0781,0337.16%23Montana5,2711,6123,2823777.15%24Wyoming3,1228912,0132186.98%25Wisconsin14,2717,3345,9589796.86%26Idaho4,5221,3122,9242866.32%27California25,76312,89811,3291,5365.96%28Indiana19,3277,87710,3391,1115.75%29Connecticut4,3571,2482,8612485.69%30Colorado8,8293,2775,0714815.45%31Kansas24,94813,30610,3211,3215.30%32New Mexico4,0241,5012,3162075.14%33Arkansas12,9466,3915,8926635.12%34Ohio27,07216,2489,4471,3775.09%35Maryland5,4301,7733,3842735.03%36Washington8,3384,3093,6134164.99%37Minnesota13,4717,9444,8666614.91%38Oregon8,2142,8175,0023954.81%39Tennessee20,2358,62710,7278814.35%40Virginia13,9634,6278,7595774.13%41Alabama16,1556,6898,8466203.84%42District of Columbia2436716883.29%43Florida12,5928,1684,0164083.24%44Georgia14,9649,2785,3123742.50%45Vermont2,8271,5141,247662.33%46Delaware882282581192.15%47Utah3,0621,1671,833622.02%48Arizona8,4285,2123,0841321.57%49Texas54,68227,73626,1288181.50%50Nevada2,0561,0151,013281.36%51

Source: Federal Highway Administration

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