Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

June 19, 2013

Transportation group slams Iowa bridges


OTTUMWA — Think your area has bad bridges? A new report suggests you're exactly right.

Transportation for America has released an evaluation of the nation's bridges and ranks Iowa third worst. The report says 21.2 percent of Iowa bridges, more than 5,000 in all, are deficient.

Nevada came in atop the rankings, with only 2.2 percent of the state's bridges rated deficient.

The report broke out information by county as well. Two area counties landed near the bottom of the rankings: Davis County at No. 2 and Van Buren County at No. 5. More than 44 percent of Davis County bridges were rated deficient and nearly 40 percent of Van Buren County's bridges landed in that category.

Only one county in the area, Mahaska, fell outside the bottom 50 for the state.

Here's the rundown on how area counties fared:


County                         Percent of bridges deficient      State ranking

Davis County                              44.2                                    2

Van Buren County                      39.6                                    5

Monroe County                           35.2                                  10

Jefferson County                        33.3                                   13

Wayne County                           32.7                                   15

Keokuk County                          30.4                                   22

Wapello County                            29                                   24

Appanoose County                    28.1                                  28

Marion County                           25.9                                  34

Mahaska County                          21                                   54


Transportation for America's website has an interactive map where users can enter an address and see the status of all bridges for a 10-mile radius. Click here to go to it.