The Federal Highway Administration has established a database that rates the soundness of bridges in all 50 states. In 1993, Dateline NBC and Cox Newspapers tabulated the ratings to highlight the worst bridges in America. FHWA, through state highway departments, established each listed bridge's soundness by rating the structure's deck, superstructure, and substructure, and its sufficiency rating, which defines its ability to handle traffic flow using a scale of zero to 100, with 100 being perfect. Those in the NBC/Cox database had at least one structural category rated in poor, serious, critical, or in danger of imminent failure. This article contains a listing of the five bridges from each state that had the lowest sufficiency ratings as of December 16, 1993.

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    Associated General Contractors of America

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  • Publication Date: 1994-7


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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 58-61
  • Serial:
    • Constructor
    • Volume: 76
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: Associated General Contractors of America
    • ISSN: 0162-6191

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  • Accession Number: 00664484
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1994 12:00AM