BRIDGE SAFETY: Minnesota ranks 23rd in nation -- or 35th - KMSP-TV

BRIDGE SAFETY: Minnesota ranks 23rd in nation -- or 35th

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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar once said, "Bridges in America should not fall down." Yet, a new report on bridge conditions in the United States found Minnesota still has more than 1,000 structurally deficient bridges.

Bridge safety is a topic that hits close to home for many in the metro, but a study by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association ranked Minnesota 23rd in the nation.

Currently, there are 1,086 bridges classified as structurally deficient in Minnesota, which accounts for about 8 percent of the bridges in the state. When ranked by percent of deficient structures, Minnesota falls to 35th place.

Earlier this month, the Minnesota Department of Transportation noted that 35 percent of the state's bridges are more than 50 years old, but there isn't nearly enough money coming in to cover needed upgrades and repairs.

Just last week, the president of the American Society of Civil Engineers said the country is at a "critical crossroad," and that Congress must act to find long-term, sustainable funding for the nation's transportation system.

The Highway Trust Fund, which reimburses states for projects, may run out this summer if Congress doesn't act soon.

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