The I-85 bridge collapse once again has bridge stability at the forefront of the news, though stability was not the cause of the fire or the collapse.
Even still, structurally deficient bridges plague the state of Georgia. Structurally deficient is defined as a bridge having one or more key elements in “poor” or worse condition – deck, superstructure, substructure, etc.
Of the 14,790 bridges in Georgia, 729 of are classified by ARTBA as structurally deficient — that is about 5 percent of the Peach State’s bridges.
Down here in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, which includes, Appling, Bulloch, Burke, Candler, Coffee, Columbia, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Jeff Davis, Jenkins, Laurens, Montgomery, Richmond, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, and Wheeler counties, is home to 1,645 bridges and 64 of them are said to be structurally deficient.
That is a mere four percent.
Even more interesting, according to the American Road and Transporation Builders Association:
- 100 bridges, or 6%, are classified as functionally obsolete. This means the bridge does not meet design standards in line with current practice.
- 156 bridges are posted for load, which may restrict the size and weight of vehicles crossing the structure.
- Over the last 10 years, 102 new bridges have been constructed in the counties in this district; 15 have undergone major reconstruction.
- The state has identified needed repairs on 1,518 bridges in the counties in this district, which the state estimates will cost $3 billion
Here is the list of structurally deficient bridges in the 12th Congressional District:
|County||Year Built||Daily Crossings||Type of Bridge3||Location|
|Richmond||1966||18,160||Urban minor arterial||Windsor Spring Rd over Spirit Creek|
|Richmond||1975||5,770||Urban local road||Marks Church Road over Raes Creek|
|Richmond||1964||5,760||Urban local road||Warren Road over I-20|
|Coffee||1955||5,170||Rural minor arterial||SR 32 over 17 mile River|
|Coffee||1955||5,170||Rural minor arterial||Lewis C. Adams over Otter Creek|
|Coffee||1955||4,820||Rural minor arterial||Matilda Gross Br. over Hurricane Creek|
|Coffee||1955||4,370||Rural minor arterial||SR 32 over Bear Creek|
|Appling||1948||4,180||Rural arterial||US 1 over Altamaha River|
|Richmond||1914||3,840||Urban minor arterial||7th Street over Augusta Canal|
|Toombs||1947||3,840||Rural arterial||US 1- SR 15 over Altamaha River O/F|
|Toombs||1947||3,840||Rural arterial||US 1- SR 15 over Williams Creek|
|Coffee||1955||3,090||Rural minor arterial||SR 32 over Bear Creek|
|Bulloch||1970||2,560||Rural minor collector||Cypress Lake Road over Dry Branch|
|Richmond||1931||2,410||Urban collector||5th Street over Savannah River|
|Toombs||1948||1,980||Rural major collector||Thompson Pond Rd over Swift Creek Trib.|
|Richmond||1940||1,570||Urban local road||Goodrich Road over Canal Spillway|
|Burke||1954||920||Rural major collector||Quaker Road over Walnut Branch|
|Screven||1987||890||Rural major collector||Rocky Ford Road over Horse Creek|
|Burke||1959||720||Rural major collector||Thompson Br Road over Brier Creek|
|Bulloch||1965||600||Rural local road||Akins Pond Road over Mill Creek|
|Evans||1960||590||Rural major collector||Fas 733 over Scott Creek|
|Richmond||1975||580||Urban local road||Scotts Way over Raes Creek|
|Richmond||1970||500||Rural local road||Lane Rd over Coys Creek|
|Evans||1993||500||Rural local road||Fs-15 over Canoochee River|
|Laurens||1950||490||Rural local road||Walke Dairy Road over Turkey Creek overflow|