Study ranks Iowa's bridges third-worst in the nation

A new study ranks Iowa's bridges as the third-worst in the country.

Nearly 5,200 of the state's 24,245 bridges have a "deficient" are rated as deficient. Wapello County has around 50 that are ranked as structurally deficient. According to the study conducted by Transportation for America, bridges may be given this rating for a range of reasons, but all are in serious need of repair.

The engineer of Wapello County says the majority of these downgraded bridges do not pose an immediate threat to public safety. The county tries to replace 2-3 bridges a year, prioritized by the road's conditions and what the budget allows.

"They're classified structurally deficient because they have load postings," Brian Moore, P.E., County Engineer/Zoning Administrator said. "The bridges are still safe. They're safe to cross, but the traveling public needs to realize that they must obey the posted bridge postings or the posted weight limits."

Oklahoma's bridges ranked second worst in the country, and Pennsylvania tops the list at number one.