This Interactive Map Lets You See Which Local Bridges Are Safe
America’s bridges are in need of an overhaul. According to The Washington Post, more than 130,000 bridges in the U.S. are structurally deficient (meaning they have at least one defect that’s raised a red flag) or functionally obsolete (meaning they can’t handle traffic demands). This doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re about to topple—but if you’re curious how the structures in your own city are holding up, the Post’s Denise Lu and Dan Keating created an interactive database that lets you assess the situation.
The data is presented in the form of a map, with each state broken into separate counties. Click on your county to see what percentage of its bridges are structurally deficient, and how this number stacks up against the national average of 9.4 percent. Want more detailed info? Click “See county details,” which presents you with a map identifying which specific bridges in your neighborhood need repair or have load capacities.
Try the Post’s tool out here.
[h/t The Washington Post]