About 1,000 Arkansas Bridges are Still Structurally Deficient

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State highway officials say nearly 1,000 bridges in the state are still structurally deficient, one year after the fatal Minneapolis bridge collapse.

The state highway department says that eight percent of the more than 12,000 bridges inspected by Arkansas have the same federal designation as the I-35W bridge in downtown Minneapolis that collapsed over the Mississippi River.  Arkansas highway officials say that none are in danger of falling down, but said the price tag to repair them all is steep.

Director Dan Flowers says the state estimates it would cost about $1.6 billion over the next 10 years to address all of the structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges in the state.

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