Rhode Island has the worst bridges in the country according to a new study from The American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
- Of the 780 bridges in the state, 180, or 23.1 percent, are classified as structurally deficient. This means one of the key elements is in poor or worse condition.
- This is up from 173 bridges classified as structurally deficient in 2014.
- 27 of the structurally deficient bridges are on the Interstate Highway System.
- 117 bridges are posted for load, which may restrict the size and weight of vehicles crossing the structure.
- The state has identified needed repairs on 721 bridges at an estimated cost of $1.8 billion.
- This compares to 719 bridges that needed work in 2014.