Decrepit bridges are not a new story. Here's an Atlantic archived piece from 1994 with the scary map above. The red and blue counties are the danger zones. The essay prophetically notes:
The percentage of structurally deficient bridges should increase in the next ten years, in large part because tens of thousands of bridges built on the interstate highways during the boom years following the Second World War will soon be in need of major repairs. The Secretary of Transportation estimates that federal, state, and local governments will need to increase their yearly funding by almost 40 percent to meet the surging need for bridge rehabilitation.
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