Structurally deficient Georgia bridges by county: 2013

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When the Ga. 316 West bridge to I-85 South closed for emergency repairs early in the morning on December 2 after a section of roadway settled, creating a 10-inch rut between the asphalt roadway and the concrete bridge structure, the Ga. Department of Transportation rushed into action and worked throughout the day to hurriedly patch the gap. After the August 2007 deadly I-35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, the state of the nation's bridges has come into sharp focus. GDOT states that 89% of state-owned bridges meet the department's standards. Here's a look at how many of Georgia's state- and federally-owned bridges are in some way structurally deficient (either structurally deficient by definition or functionally obsolete) according to the Federal Highway Administration's annual National Bridge Inventory.

What defines a bridge as "structurally deficient" in some manner?

Structurally deficient -- Bridges with significant deterioration in load carrying elements.
Functionally obsolete -- Bridges with design issues that no longer meet the criteria for the roadway.

Source: Federal Highway Administration / National Bridge Inventory 2013

-- Map by Mandi Albright, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution