- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) - A new report says there are nearly 400 structurally deficient bridges in Washington.

KOMO-TV reports that the American Road & Transportation Builders Association recently released its 2019 Bridge Report. Of the 8,278 bridges in Washington, 382 or 4.6% are classified as structurally deficient - which means one of the key elements is in “poor or worse condition.”

The number of structurally deficient bridges in the state has increased since the previous survey in 2014, when 353 bridges were in need of crucial repairs. The state has identified needed repairs on 6,080 bridges, which would cost an estimated $9.2 billion.

Five of the top 25 most heavily traveled deficient bridges are on Interstate 5 and six more are on Interstate 90, including the two floating bridges over Lake Washington.

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