Condition of Texas Bridges
With such intense media coverage of the recent bridge collapse in Minneapolis, I thought this 2006 report on Texas Bridges released by the Texas Department of Transportation would be of interest to you all.
Points of interest:
– Texas leads in the largest number of bridges in the country with 50,183 bridges.
•4% of Texas bridges are categorized as ‘structurally deficient’ (2,125 bridges).
•16% are ‘functionally obselete‘ (7,802 bridges)
•77% are ‘sufficient bridges’ (38,425 bridges)
KHOU lists the following Houston bridges that are considered unstable but still usable:
•I-45 over Buffalo Bayou downtown
•The Eastex over the San Jacinto River
•The North Freeway bridge over the San Jacinto River
You can check out the rest of the state’s critical bridge list here.