Report: 422 Oregon bridges are in bad shape


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — There are 47,052 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S. — and over 400 of them are in Oregon, according to a new report.

The American Road & Transporation Builders Association recently released its 2019 Bridge Report.

Of the 8,161 bridges in Oregon, 422 or 5.2% are classified as structurally deficient — which means one of the key elements is in “poor or worse condition.” Washington state has 382 bridges in bad shape.

Oregon’s number is slightly up from 2014 when 403 bridges were in need of crucial repairs. The state has identified needed repairs on 2,007 bridges, which would cost an estimated $1.8 billion.

The most traveled structurally deficient bridges in Oregon include Bull Run Road over Bull Run River in Clackamas County and the Morrison Bridge.

While the state certainly has a lot of work to do when it comes to bridges, it doesn’t have the most compared to other states. Oregon ranks No. 32 while Iowa comes in at No. 1 with 4,675 bridges desperately needing repairs.

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