The U.S. Department of Transportation says Nevada and Texas
had the nation’s best maintained bridges in 2019.
According to the study, just 1.3 percent of the more than 2,000
bridges in Nevada were considered structurally deficient. That designation
doesn’t mean those bridges are dangerous. Officials say deficient means those
bridges need rehabilitation or potential replacement and should be a priority
for corrective measures. That compares with the roughly 7.5 percent of
deficient bridges nationally.
Nevada’s bridges have been ranked among the nation’s best for a half dozen years.
The Nevada Department of Transportation is responsible for
inspecting the majority of the state’s bridges including city and county
maintained structures. Most recently, the bridge inspection team was called out
to inspect bridges in the Carson City area a fter a substantial earthquake in
March. Inspectors found no vicible damage related to the quake.
NDOT Director Kristina Swallow said the team’s focus is on
keeping everyone safe.
More than 475 of the state-owned bridges in Nevada are more
than 50 years old.