SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some of the state’s most traveled structurally deficient bridges are right here in western Massachusetts.
Of the more than 5,000 bridges in the state, 482 (nearly 1 in 10) are considered structurally deficient. That’s according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, a bridge is considered structurally deficient if the condition of the bridge is rated as poor.
Three out of four of these bridges are located on I-91 in Springfield. The other is on Route 20 in Palmer.
Bridge conditions are rated on a scale of 0 for failed condition to 9 for excellent condition.
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Massachusetts has found repairs are needed on more than 4,700 bridges, which would cost an estimated cost of $18.5 billion.