A watchdog group that focuses on roads and bridges says more
than one-fourth of the United States' bridges are either structurally
deficient, or were built so long ago that their designs are obsolete.
Frank Moretti of The Road Information Program, or TRIP, told
"Land Line Now" on XM Satellite Radio that the group is not saying that any of
the bridges are dangerous.
Rather, Moretti said they could become a threat to the
economy in the near future, if a large number of bridges were suddenly to need
replacement due to their structural integrity.
"The danger is really an economic danger," Moretti said.
"The bridges are inspected regularly, and if there was any reason to be
concerned that they might collapse, those bridges would be closed or restricted
to carrying lighter vehicles."
Moretti said there were quite a few bridge improvements made
in the 1990s, but that now, the number of deficient bridges is again on the
- By Reed Black, staff writer