The U.S. has a bridge problem.
The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the country’s overall infrastructure a C- grade in its 2021 report card, and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association estimates that 171.5 million vehicles cross over 45,000 structurally deficient U.S. bridges every day.
Last week, federal lawmakers provided an early step in the long process to remediation. On July 28, the Senate voted to advance a new bipartisan infrastructure package, which includes $550 billion in new federal spending. The bill would invest $110 billion into roads, bridges and other major infrastructure projects, representing the largest bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system under President Dwight Eisenhower, according to the White House.
ARTBA’s analysis of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Bridge Inventory found that: