2018 Bridge Survey: Funding, aging inventory, staff shortages hinder improvements

Engineers concerned over the state of America’s bridges point to a lack of funding, a lack of adequate personnel dedicated to bridge maintenance and preservation – and a lack of emphasis by high-level management. 

And, as they all know, the years-long practice of delaying major projects due to funding crunches eventually catches up when it comes to bridge maintenance.

“Funding remains the greatest obstacle in improving the condition of our bridges,” says the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Asset Management Division’s response to Equipment World’s 2018 Better Roads bridge survey. “There is not enough funding to replace or rehabilitate all necessary bridges while maintaining the rest of our bridge population to ensure they do not become prematurely rated poor.”