When Utah's Department of Transportation builds bridges, crews move pretty fast. But according to a 2013 report card for America's Infrastructure, UDOT has still got some work to do. In the report a map shows bridges that need significant repair, in Salt Lake County there are at least 13 of them considered structurally deficient, statewide there's at least 126.
"Should people be worried about driving over some of these older bridges?” Reporter Brian Carlson asked.
“Not at all, our bridges are safe and sound," said Adan Carrillo, UDOT Spokesperson.
UDOT Spokesperson Adan Carrillo said they're aware some of Utah's bridges need a major fix, but compared to the rest of the nation, Utah's bridges are among the country's best.
"Our inspectors inspect these structures two every two years," said Carrillo.
"A lot of times we don't necessarily need to start from the ground up, there are just a few elements that need to be updated, such as the abutments need to be worked on the sub-surfaces need to be redone."
Carrillo said one of the bridges likely being replaced or in need of major construction is the I-15 bridge at 146th South in Bluffdale. But it's part of the UDOT Point Project that revamps everything on I-15 from 123rd South in Draper to Main Street in Lehi.
So if you're worried about driving over a dangerous bridge, from what UDOT is seeing there's no reason to be.
"We're looking at these bridges constantly," said Carrillo.
Regardless of how well Utah is or isn't doing on keeping up on bridge repair, it still costs money. The report claims Utah tax payers will pay $156 million to fix deficient bridges.
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