451 Minnesota Bridges Functionally Obsolete
Conrad deFiebre, who covered transportation for many years, has the figures on the safety status of Minnesota bridges.
The Interstate Hwy. 35W bridge that tragically collapsed into the Mississippi River Wednesday evening was one of 1,135 road spans in Minnesota rated as “structurally deficient” by the federal government.Full story from Minnesota 2020 here
That’s 8.7 percent of the state’s 13,008 bridges, 20 feet or longer, that are subject to annual inspections. Another 451 spans are considered “functionally obsolete.” Included in the total are 65 bridges that are more than a century old.