Wash. bridge collapse is reminder of nation’s infrastructure deficit

05/29/2013 | Atlantic online, The

The collapse last week of a bridge on Interstate 5 in Washington state highlights America's aging infrastructure and the opportunities today's relatively affordable interest rates and labor costs present for rebuilding or replacing the structures. While the number of bridges that are structurally or functionally deficient has declined over the past decade, the average age of the nation's bridges is 42 years. Meanwhile, spending on public construction has declined, even as the Federal Highway Administration estimates spending will need to increase to $20.5 billion a year for 16 years to bring bridges up to standard.

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