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Bridge safety an issue in Alabama

Bridge collapse in Washington (Source: KOMO/CNN) Bridge collapse in Washington (Source: KOMO/CNN)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

On Thursday a bridge collapsed in Washington state. That incident prompted a look into the safety of Alabama bridges.

According to a study by The Road Information Program, or T.R.I.P, a little over 11% of Alabama bridges are structurally deficient, meaning they show some signs of deterioration.

The study said that 13.5% of the state's bridges are functionally obsolete and no longer meet modern design or safety standards. The bridge that collapsed in Washington has been described as functionally obsolete.

The study also broke down the safety of bridges in several areas of the state. In Huntsville, only 1% of the 169 bridges in the area are structurally deficient, but 21% are functionally obsolete.

When it comes to improving these numbers, it all comes down to funding to make improvements and upgrades.

In April, Governor Robert Bentley signed a bill that allows every county to have access to money to make improvements to bridges and roads. The state will put 80% towards the project and local government will put up 20%.

To check out the TRIP report for yourself, click here.

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