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27 Bridges In Mass. Similar To Minn. Design

BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick said Massachusetts has 27 steel truss bridges, including one in Bristol County and two in Plymouth County, similar in design to the one that collapsed in Minnesota, but none is considered in danger of falling.
/ Source: WJAR-TV

BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick said Massachusetts has 27 steel truss bridges, including one in Bristol County and two in Plymouth County, similar in design to the one that collapsed in Minnesota, but none is considered in danger of falling.

One of the bridges is located in Fall River on Route 79 northbound over Route 79 southbound.

The two bridges in Plymouth County are located in Mattapoisett and Wareham. The bridge in Mattapoisett is on Acushnet Road and spans the town’s river, while the bridge in Wareham is on Paper Mill Road and spans the Weweantic River.

The governor said he has asked transportation officials to review bridge inspection records to make sure there aren't any missed items of alarm.

All told, Massachusetts has 506 bridges considered "structurally deficient," meaning they are nearing the end of their useful lifespans.

Patrick said the Minneapolis disaster highlights why he has asked for a robust program of transportation infrastructure investment.

In March, a commission found that the state's roads, bridges and transit systems are in "broad decline" and that virtually every transportation agency is running on a deficit.

The commission pegged the cost of maintaining the existing system at an additional $15 billion to $19 billion over the next 20 years.

Two concrete slabs fell from the tunnel roof under Fall River Government Center onto Interstate 195 in 1999. Five people were injured, but no one was killed.

Investigators cited "epoxy creep" for the ceiling tile collapse inside a Big Dig tunnel last year. A woman was killed when a slab fell on her car.