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Reports say some Kentucky's bridges are "structurally deficient"

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The collapse of a major interstate bridge in Washington State is raising concerns about bridges across the country.

The National Bridge Inventory shows that almost 10 percent of Kentucky's bridges are "structurally deficient."

The I-64 ramp over River Road in downtown Louisville is on the "structurally deficient."

Nearly six years after the collapse of the "Eye-35-W" bridge in Minneapolis, killing 13 and injuring more than a hundred.

Transportation officials say some 11% of US bridges are "structurally deficient," that typically means a major portion of the bridge is in poor condition or worse.

In his February state of the union address, President Obama called for action, and repairs saying "put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country."

But congress failed to avoid the sequester, and transportation repairs spending faces $1.9 billion in cuts.

The needs are so dire, that spending by states and local governments on bridge construction has more than doubled since 1998 up to more than $28 billion last year.

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