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Status of the Nation's Highways, Bridges, and Transit:
2002 Conditions and Performance Report

Exhibit 3-28:

Rural and Urban Bridge Deficiencies, 1994-2000

Exhibit 3-28

Exhibit 3-28 includes two charts that show the percentage of deficient bridges in rural and urban areas. The vertical axis on the chart on the left, for rural deficient bridges, measures percentages of rural bridges from 0 to 40 in increments of 10 percent. The horizontal axis measures the years 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000. Functionally obsolete rural bridges stayed at about 11 percent over the time period. Structurally deficient rural bridges declined steadily from 20 percent in 1994 to about 16 percent in 2000. And the total percentage of deficient rural bridges declined steadily from about 31 percent in 1994 to 28 percent in 2000. The vertical axis on the chart on the right, for urban deficient bridges, also measures percentages of urban bridges from 0 to 40 in increments of 10 percent, and the horizontal axis also measures the years 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000. Functionally obsolete urban bridges stayed at about 21 to 22 percent over the time period. Structurally deficient urban bridges declined steadily from about 13 percent in 1994 to 10 percent in 2000. And the total percentage of urban deficient bridges declined steadily from about 36 percent in 1994 to 32 percent in 2000.

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