Bridge collapses are among the most catastrophic roadway occurences leading to many severe injuries and fatalities. On a lesser scale bridge structural deficiencies are at the root cause of many car and truck crashes, with the recent Bay Bridge calamity the most prominent in recent memory. http://www.maryland-law.com/blog/bay-bridge-tractor-trailer-crash-breeds-lawsuit.cfm
So where are the dangerous bridges in Maryland? We know from prior blogs that 396 bridges in Maryland are "structurally deficient" as defined by the United States Department of Transportation.
43 are listed on Maryland's portions of the National Highway System.
Interstate 70 is the leading culprit with 8 structurally deficient bridges, followed by 270 and 95 with 5. Routes 4 and 695 also recur. What is being done about these bridges is not clear. A review of the Maryland State Highway Administration's Strategic Plan does not appear to address these problems. http://www.marylandroads.com/oots/SHSP.pdf
Tomorrow the bridges of the District of Columbia.