Minnesota collapse is prompting bridge inspections elsewhere

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Around the country, state officials are taking a closer look at their bridges.

Governors are scrambling to conduct bridge inspections in the aftermath of yesterday's collapse of a Mississippi River span in Minnesota.

In Missouri and Massachusetts, officials have identified bridges similar to the one that collapsed. Missouri has eleven so-called truss bridges. They'll be examined first.

In New Jersey, Governor Jon Corzine says officials plan to evaluate all 64-hundred bridges, no matter whether they're maintained by state, local or federal governments.

According to a report from the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 13 percent of the nation's bridges were classified as "structurally deficient" in 2004 - meaning they are deteriorating.

WNDU.com has compiled a list of places to look up information about bridges and their conditions.

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