ATLANTA — We’re getting the most detailed and insightful look into the condition of metro Atlanta’s infrastructure, specifically our bridges.
There are more than 2,500 bridges in metro Atlanta.
According to a report from a transportation research nonprofit called TRIP, 150 of them are rated deficient.
Bridges that are rated as deficient meet at least one of the following criteria: significant deterioration of a major component of the bridge; restriction to carrying only lighter-weight vehicles; or a carrying capacity of 18 tons or less which restricts larger commercial vehicles.
In the Atlanta region, 15 bridges have significant deterioration to one of the major components, 97 bridges have a carrying capacity of 18 tons or less, and 110 bridges are restricted to carrying only lower-weight vehicles.
The same report says 24 percent of county-maintained roads in the metro area are in poor condition.
“Annually, counties are only able to address 12 percent of their roads that are in need of resurfacing and eight percent of their roads that are in need of reconstruction" said Rocky Moretti, Director of Policy & Research at TRIP.
State representative Kevin Tanner is chair of the state transportation committee. He expects repairs and investment into infrastructure to come up next legislative session.
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