A study released by the Texas Department of Transportation reveals that only 4% of bridges across the Lone Star state are structurally deficient (this means they are unsafe or present an imminent danger to the driving public).
All in all, over 2,000 bridges made the list, 455 of which are located on state highways. Here locally, 61 bridges were classified as structurally deficient (12 bridges in Grayson County and 49 in Fannin County).
But officials wants to stress, that even though the bridges are on the list, that doesn't mean they are unsafe to ride on.
Kevin Harris with TxDot says, “Overall we're in good shape here in Texas. The bridges are very safe. All the bridges that are open to the public are safe. We want that to be known that safety is our key element in our operations is to make sure we have safe roads and safe bridges."
TxDot officials say they have seen a 31 percent reduction in the number of structurally deficient bridges over the last year.
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