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Hundreds of bridges deemed fracture critical & structurally deficient

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A review of the National Bridge Inventory shows Missouri with the highest number in the Four States that are fracture critical and structurally deficient.

Federal figures show Missouri  with 687 bridges designed in a way that could risk collapse if a single, vital component fails. 
Kansas has 347. While Oklahoma had 414 on the list. The state indicates that's down to 348 as a result of increased funding for programs to fix and replace both state and county bridges.

All states say they are trying to replace  bridges like this one in St. Paul,  but some are in extreme rural areas and aren't regularly used. 
Missouri is  the third highest state for deficient bridges behind only Iowa and Nebraska. Missouri Department of Transportation says that number has been reduced by 47 bridges since the list was submitted to the federal government last year. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation admits the state under funded transportation for decades resulting in a backlog of bridges in need of repair or replacement.

 

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