Which CT towns have the most structurally deficient bridges?

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About 28 percent of the bridges in Connecticut are functionally obsolete and 9 percent are structurally deficient, according to an analysis of 2015 bridge data.

Oxford has eight bridges in town and each have been categorized as functionally obsolete, which means they do not meet current design standards for such things as lane width or number of lanes relative to traffic volume.

Windsor Locks is similar to Oxford in that all four of its bridges are functionally obsolete, as well.

Towns like Westbrook, North Branford, and West Hartford have more bridges that are functionally obsolete than those that have no deficiency whatsoever.

Hartford and Easton have high rates of bridges that are structurally deficient at 30 and 40 percent respectively. According to the Department of Transportation, bridges with structural deficiencies are characterized by deteriorated conditions of significant bridge elements and potentially reduced load-carrying capacity, but do not necessarily imply safety concerns.

Federal funding

Connecticut gets about 70 percent of its funding for state transportation projects like highways and bridges from the federal government, according to an analysis from American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

Connecticut ranks 10th among the states in average federal funding percentage.

The state had the seventh-highest percentage (24.6 per cent) of “functionally obsolete” bridges, according to an earlier Trend CT story.

Rhode Island ranks first with 97 percent federal funding for its state highways and bridges, while Washington ranks last at just 25 percent.

The association ranked the most-traveled structurally deficient bridges in the state. Browse below.

What do you think?

  • jhs

    If you want to have full employments program in the country, cut the waste in government and finance a rebuild of bridges, water, sewer and electrical infrastructure in the country.