It will take 80 years to repair all of America's deteriorating bridges

Brooklyn Bridge.
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It will take 80 years to repair all of the bridges in poor condition in the U.S., according to a report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

Of the 616,087 bridges across the country, 47,052 have been determined as "structurally deficient" and require urgent repairs. An additional 187,000 bridges have a lesser need for repairs, making 38 percent of all bridges in the U.S. in need of some sort of repair. It would cost nearly $171 billion to fix all of them, the ARTBA estimates.

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Marianne Dodson

Marianne is The Week’s Social Media Editor. She is a native Tennessean and recent graduate of Ohio University, where she studied journalism and political science. Marianne has previously written for The Daily Beast, The Crime Report, and The Moroccan Times.