Hundreds of Connecticut Bridges Are Structurally Deficient: Report

Almost 400 of the more than 4,000 bridges in Connecticut are structurally deficient, according to a new report.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association went through data from Federal Highway Administration 2014 National Bridge Inventory and found that 9 percent of the state’s bridges are structurally deficient, meaning one of more “key bridge elements,” are in poor condition or worse.

See the Connecticut report here for the full list to see how the bridges in your community rank.

The report goes on to say that 1,079 bridges are considered “functionally obsolete.”

Following are the 10 most traveled structurally deficient bridges in the state:

  • Fairfield: I-95 over Metro North Railroad and City Street South
  • Fairfield: I-95 over the Norwalk River and Hendricks Avenue (Yankee Doodle Bridge)
  • Fairfield: I-95 over Route 33
  • Fairfield: I-95 over US-1 SB
  • Fairfield: I-95 over the Byram River and South Water Street
  • Fairfield: I-95 & I-95 ramps over the Metro North Railroad & local roads
  • Fairfield: I-95 over the Housatonic River and Naugatuck Avenue
  • New Haven: I-95 over the West River and SR 745 (West River Bridge)
  • New Haven: I-95 over the Wepawaug River
  • New Haven: I-91 over N Front St and the Quinn River

It's important to note that "structurally deficient" bridges are not necessarily unsafe.

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