According to a new report released Wednesday by MassBudget, Massachusetts has a major infrastructure problem. 644 or 1 in every 9 bridges within the state of Massachusetts have been determined to be structurally deficient. These bridges are more likely to restrict larger vehicles, be shut down for repairs or in some of the most extreme cases collapse. Many states across the nation suffer from the same issue. According to a study conducted in 2019, 8% of our nation’s bridges are considered structurally deficient and in states such as Rhode Island and West Virginia that rate is as high as 1 in every 5 bridges.
To reverse the continued deterioration of these key pieces of the state’s transportation infrastructure, states should take a fix it first approach and create a sustainable long term source of funding to upkeep its roads and bridges. To learn more about what it means for states to take a fix it first approach visit PIRG’s fix it first fact sheet.