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The Fix We’re In For
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The State of Our Nation’s Bridges

According to a recent report issued by Transportation for America, more than 18,000 bridges in metro areas are structurally deficient. And in cities like Los Angeles, an average of 396 motorists cross a deficient bridge every second.To put this in perspective, there are more deficient bridges in metro areas alone than the number of McDonald’s restaurants in the entire United States, according to James Corless, the director of Transportation for America. And in busy metro cities, 75{f00316eaeff19fc4d3daa6454136ee4db9a0ad1868aa2a79e58a2db09827821d} of the nation’s traffic crosses one of these deficient bridges each day. In the recent report “The Fix We’re In For: The State of Our Nation’s Bridges,” a deficient bridge is defined as being used beyond its average expected (and suggested) life expectancy of 42 years. Moreover, many of our most traveled bridges today are over 50 years old.

The report was issued around the same time as the sudden closure of a major commuting bridge in Louisville, Kentucky. The bridge was closed after officials discovered two dangerous cracks in the load-carrying portion of the bridge. The closure has forced the 80,000 commuters who cross the bridge each day to find alternative routes. In another instance back on August 1, 2007, some motorists were not so lucky, as many were injured or lost their lives in the Minneapolis I-35 bridge collapse. This bridge had been built in 1967 and between 1990 and 2003, Minneapolis saw its population increase by 42{f00316eaeff19fc4d3daa6454136ee4db9a0ad1868aa2a79e58a2db09827821d}!Many taxpayers and elected officials over the years have turned a blind eye to critical maintenance and upgrades of our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. However, investing in transportation and infrastructure in the United States traditionally has been a positive move for economic growth. This is because this type of investment creates jobs, helps to further connect America’s people, goods and services, helps cut down on road congestion, saves people money at the pump, and saves lives as structures in need of repair are restored.Transportation for America explains that there is currently a problem concerning the allocation of the federal dollars. Many don’t realize that states can legally transfer up to half of their federal money dedicated to bridge repair to other projects, no questions asked. Transportation for America recommends providing states with increased resources to repair and rebuild and to ensure that those allocated funds can only be spent on bridge repairs.

To help carry taxpayers’ dollars farther, repairing, vs. replacement could be the key. An example of repair methods that work as long-term solutions, include carbon fiber repair systems, such as those manufactured by HJ3 Composite Technologies. Carbon fiber has been used over the years to restore a number of bridges and could be utilized for restoring a significant number of existing bridges approaching or past their expected life spans. There would be no need for a complete rebuilding, and the life of these bridges could actually be extended another 50 to 100 years. HJ3 is a respected leader in the composites market because of its superior reputation. Not only does HJ3 provide an outstanding product and engineering design services, but it also provides invaluable on-site quality control when needed. Allowing roads and bridges to slip into disrepair ultimately costs state and local governments billions more than the cost of regular, timely repair. For more information on how HJ3’s carbon fiber could be a solution in your state, contact HJ3 at info@hj3.com or call 1-877-303-0453.