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DOH Officials Reassure Public about WV Bridge Safety

Officials say the age of the state's interstates should calm drivers fears.
/ Source: WBOY-TV

The bridge that collapsed in Minnesota was built in 1967 and labeled as structurally deficient after an inspection two years ago. More than 2,500 of West Virginia's nearly7,000 bridges s are considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. That is 37 percent, much higher than in Minnesota, where just 12 percent of bridges are structurally deficient, but lower than in Pennsylvania. The Division of Highways Greg Phillips said "we're lucky in this state that the bridges that we have on all of our interstates are fairly new. That's one good things about being a state like we have with the new interstates. Everything's kind of fresh and new and we don't have a problem." Phillips said the DOH inspects its newer bridges in every four years and its older ones every two years.