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.

2 Comments so far

  1. Chris Doelle (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 7:54 am

    This is all leading up to the next big corporate grab – continued privatization of our nation’s infrastructure. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but watch as the rhetoric of “we can’t afford to fix our roads and bridges without raising taxes” and “the private sector can do a better job” begin… all lies.

    Public money built our infrastructure without raising taxes and like the “deregulation” of energy and the phone system, it certainly isn’t better now – just more expensive.

  2. B.McCord (unregistered) on August 11th, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

    I agree! As we continue to down size the support structure of city governments, we will continue to have to raise the red flag on such crisis, causing a drain on our tax dollars and continued privatization. We have the test and checks in place, but most of the time the alarm fall on deaf ears. Carports of Texas

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