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Florida tops in secure bridges

The Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine has been carrying traffic since Feb. 26, 1927. A new report says Florida shares the top spot nationally with Nevada as far as its bridges' structural integrity. Photo by Dougtone.

Very few bridges in Florida were rated “structurally deficient” in a new report from Governing, a nonpartisan policy research group.

Florida and Nevada have the lowest rate of bridges in need of repair, 2.2 percent. For the Sunshine State that means 262 out of 11,982 bridges were structurally deficient, according to the Federal Highway Administration inspection data used in the report. A bridge is deemed structurally deficient if it has deterioration in at least one component, but is not necessarily unsafe.

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