28 Oct '11, 11am

Guess: Does the U.S. Have More 'Bad' Bridges Or More McDonald's Restaurants?

Transportation for America knows a very interesting factoid that affects practically everyone. In the United States, deficient bridge structures outnumber McDonald's fast food outlets. Think about that for a minute - are you sure you don't drive, or bike, over a bridge in a U.S. metro area while going about your daily duties? According to Transportation for America, Americans make 210 million trips over structurally deficient bridges every day. I know I do, at least twice each day. And our total bridge trips are three and a half times the number of people who eat at McDonald's every day, worldwide . The question is, of course, why do we have such bad bridges? Photo of the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland (a 'good' bridge): A. Streeter. The American Society of Civil Engineers rates U.S. infrastructure overall a "D" and the state of our bridges a "C"- how did things get this bad...

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