WASHINGTON STATE – Dozens of bridges in Washington State are in disrepair or at risk of collapse if hit hard enough in the wrong place.
An Associated Press report has identified about 50 bridges that are “structurally deficient” and “fracture critical.”
A bridge is classified “structurally deficient” when it is in need of rehabilitation or replacement because at least one major component is deemed in poor condition or worse.
A bridge is deemed “fracture critical” when it doesn’t have redundant protections and is at risk of collapse if a single, vital component fails.
The Skagit River bridge that collapsed in May was a fracture critical bridge, but it was not in disrepair like some of its peers.
Officials say the bridges are not dangerous and are monitored closely.