We often think of Maryland and the District of Columbia as jurisdictions with comparatively safe roads and bridges. Some of this is a function of their relative wealth and also the fact that their heavily-traveled roadways are heavily scrutinized.

It is thus suprising when we look at the issue of dangerous bridges. The most prominent bridge collapse was of course that in Minnesota in 2007 in which many people died and even more were injured. http://www.maryland-law.com/blog/dangerous-bridges-where-are-they.cfm

Despite this deadly and catstrophic event, the issue of bridge integrity is very real and little discussed.

To put this matter in perspective 12% of all bridges in the United States are "structurally deficient". In Maryland, 396 brdiges are "structurally deficient" and in the District of Columbia the number is 20, a national low. It is nice to see our hometown at a nation's best on something.

The most disturbing state is Pennsylvania with more than 6,000 "structurally deficient" bridges or more than 27%.

Tomorrow: where are these bridges in Maryland? http://www.maryland-law.com/blog/marylands-dangerous-bridges-where-are-they.cfm
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