As part President Obama’s American Jobs Act, funding could be available to repair bridges that are deemed as deficient. Washington County Engineer David Patterson says when the funds come to the county level, it would be used to replace or repair deficient bridges.
The definition of a structurally deficient bridge is that the bridge is still safe to drive on, but it cannot safely hold a larger truck load which causes the Secondary Roads Department to lower the weight limit on the bridge.
The cause for the deficiency is the age of the bridge and the lack of government funding to replace it. Patterson says they complete an inspection every year of bridges in the county and have a list of the ones considered more deficient than others.
Washington County currently has 22% of its 222 bridges classified as deficient. Patterson notes the most deficient bridges are on the secondary roads in the county. To see the list of all deficient bridges in the county, contact the Secondary Roads Department.