Date published: Resource type: Infographic, Website/ ToolExternal link: public.tableau.com/profile/pk2504#!/vizhome/OregonBridgesverB/Story1Summary: Oregon’s state highway system contains more than 2,700 bridges. (The state’s cities and counties own about another 4,000.) More than half of the state highway bridges were built in the 1950s and ‘60s; these bridges are 50 to 65 years old. “If these bridges were people, we’d be throwing retirement parties for them,” said Bruce Johnson, Oregon State Bridge Engineer. “Instead, we’re asking them to carry more traffic at higher speeds and heavier weights.” “Healthy bridges are critical to Oregon’s economy and our lifestyle,” said Matthew Garrett, ODOT Director. “They connect communities; they link lives. We cannot let those bonds break. We must be willing to make the necessary strategic investments.” Maintaining good bridges is critical to a strong economy and to preserving safe and reliable travel. Deteriorated bridges can impede mobility and force trucks to detour, costing businesses time and money. Measuring the current health of Oregon’s bridge population enables the Oregon Department of Transportation to track conditions over time to determine bridge rehabilitation and replacement needs.
This document addresses the following performance areas: • Bridge.
Intended audiences:PublicIntended messages:Call to Action, Case for FundingIntended messengers:DOT Program Manager
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DISCLAIMER: The opinions and conclusions expressed or implied herein are not necessarily those of the Transportation Research Board, the National Academies, or the program sponsors. NCHRP Project 20-24(93)B(02) was sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, and was conducted in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, which is administered by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.