Group Gives Alaska C+ on Bridges

An engineering group says 11 percent of Alaska's bridges are considered structurally deficient.

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JUNEAU- An engineering group says 11 percent of Alaska's bridges are considered structurally deficient.
   
The American Society of Civil Engineers also says 12.5 percent are considered functionally obsolete. Those bridges might be in good shape but don't meet contemporary engineering standards.
   
Patrick Natale is executive director of the organization. He says Alaska gets a C-plus on his group's infrastructure report card.
   
Jeremy Woodrow, a spokesman for the state transportation department, says that grade is fair. He says infrastructure across the country is aging. He says the department inspects each bridge in Alaska every two years to determine which need the most attention. Those bridges are judged on a scale of zero to nine, with anything below a seven getting attention or shut down.
 

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