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America's crumbling infrastructure
It's time to modernize America's infrastructure, before it crashes to the ground.
By Virginia Watson
Contributor
Feb 22, 2018

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WASHINGTON D.C. — America's infrastructure is in dire need of an overhaul. According to NBC News, there are more than 50,000 bridges across the United States are falling apart.

NBC News discovered instances in many states where pieces of crumbling bridges broke off and fell on to the roadway, sometimes hitting vehicles. For example, In Utah, driver Mike Peterson escaped serious injury when a chunk of a bridge smashed through his windshield as he drove underneath. "Another six to eight inches, you might not be talking to me today," state Peterson.

According to a report issued by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, there were a total of 54,259 bridges in the U.S. that are considered "structurally deficient."

It is a very alarming statistic that there are so many bridges in need of repair. According to the report, if the bridges were placed end-to-end, they would stretch almost the distance from New York City to Miami. Experts say that at the current rate of repair or replacement, it would take nearly 37 years to fix all the bridges.

"It really comes down to a failure of leadership in Congress to address some of these issues and provide additional funding," said Dr. Alison Black, author of the ARTBA report.

The Federal Highway Administration told NBC News in a statement, "ARTBA's report, which relies on data from FHWA, underscores the need for investment in our nation's infrastructure. It also highlights the importance of streamlining the permitting process, so that the projects that are funded can move forward without undue delay. The Department of Transportation looks forward to continuing our work with state and local interests to revitalize the nation's roads and highways, offering improved safety, new jobs, and a better quality of life for the American people."

According to the ARTBA report, some of the states with the highest number of decaying bridges include, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Maryland, West Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and all of the states that make up the tri-state area, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. It's long past due for America to modernize its infrastructure.