More than 220,000 U.S. bridges need major repair work or should be replaced, according to ARTBA’s analysis of the just released U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2020 National Bridge Inventory database. That figure represents 36 percent, or more than one-third, of all U.S. bridges.

ARTBA finds that while the number of structurally deficient bridges declined 2.5 percent last year to 45,000, the number of bridges falling into fair condition grew more than 3,600 to almost 295,000. At the current pace, it would take 40 years to repair the current backlog of bad bridges.

“The current 40-year timeline to repair bridges in poor condition is an unacceptable outcome for the American motoring public,” said ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black. “The bridge conditions report highlights key national infrastructure challenges and underscores the need for congressional action this year on a robust multi-year transportation investment bill.”

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