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Oklahoma leads nation in structurally deficient bridges

ASSOCIATED PRESS OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma leads the nation in bridges that are structurally deficient -- a classification of disrepair held by the bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis. In Oklahoma, nearly 27% of bridges were cited by the federal government as being structurally deficient, the highest percentage among the states. A total of 6,300 bridges in Oklahoma and 77,000 bridges nationally share this designation. The bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis on Wednesday, killing at least 5 people, had a 2 decade history of worrisome inspection reports. A bridge is typically judged structurally deficient if heavy trucks are banned from it or there are other weight restrictions, if it needs immediate work to stay open or if it is closed. Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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ASSOCIATED PRESS OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma leads the nation in bridges that are structurally deficient -- a classification of disrepair held by the bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis. In Oklahoma, nearly 27% of bridges were cited by the federal government as being structurally deficient, the highest percentage among the states. A total of 6,300 bridges in Oklahoma and 77,000 bridges nationally share this designation. The bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis on Wednesday, killing at least 5 people, had a 2 decade history of worrisome inspection reports. A bridge is typically judged structurally deficient if heavy trucks are banned from it or there are other weight restrictions, if it needs immediate work to stay open or if it is closed. Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.