Hundreds of Connecticut bridges along busy interstates and local roads are structurally deficient, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
To be classified as structurally deficient, bridge inspectors must find critical elements of a bridge are in poor condition during the course of their scheduled inspections.
Each of the top five most heavily-traveled bridges are on I-95 and I-91 in New Haven and Fairfield counties and average more than 130,000 crossings per day. More than 50 of the structurally deficient bridges are along busy interstate highways, including more than 20 on I-84 between Hartford and the Waterbury Mix-Master.
The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters learned much-needed repairs for many of those bridges were nixed as part of $4.3 billion in transportation projects canceled by Gov. Dannel Malloy due to a lack funds in the state’s Special Transportation Fund.
DOT Commissioner Jim Redeker told the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters it is safe to drive over these bridges, but warned that the state will have to pay more in the future for repair work that’s needed now.
Using data obtained from the state Department of Transportation, the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters mapped the locations of 32 structurally deficient bridges where major rehabilitation projects were canceled.
Hover over the points on the map below for details on each of those bridges, including the estimated cost of repairs and the average number of daily crossings.
See a list of all 332 structurally deficient bridges in Connecticut below.