Our Nation’s Bridges Are Crumbling: Safety Solutions During Reconstruction
Infrastructure support was a chilling topic of discussion at the end of January. A Pittsburgh bridge fell, leaving ten injured and concerns rippling the nation. Biden was on his way to the city to discuss improving infrastructure when he heard the news.
The irony of the day left an even stronger impression on many Americans. The safety issue of bridges is essential to fix.
In 2021, 42% of our nation's bridges were at least 50 years old. As time goes on, this number will rise without reconstruction. Additionally, 7.5% of bridges are in poor condition.
Considering the 178 million daily trips across bridges, these statistics are alarming. To solve this issue, spending on rebuilding bridges would need to increase by 58% yearly. The current investment would take until 2071 to repair the bridges.
According to a 2021 analysis, 36% of bridges in the United States need major repair or replacement. The length of the crumbling bridges is alarming. The bridges would be able to crisscross from Los Angeles to Portland, Maine, and back.