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DOT reassures: NC bridges are safe

Posted May 24, 2013

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— Despite an inspection program that requires each of North Carolina's 13,500 state-owned bridges to be reviewed every two years, more than half are outdated, according to data from the Department of Transportation.

That does not necessarily mean the bridges are unsafe. Bridges classified as "structurally deficient" or "functionally obsolete" may simply be carrying more traffic than they were originally designed for.

The DOT spends $12 million spent annually on bridge inspections – reviewing bridge decks, joints, support beams and footings. 

The oldest bridge still in use in the Tar Heel State, according to data gathered in July 2011, crosses the West Fork of the Pigeon River in Haywood County. It was built in 1891. 

In Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency Friday in three counties around a collapsed Interstate 5 bridge.

Inslee said in his proclamation Friday that the bridge collapse has caused extensive disruption, impacting the citizens and economy in Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties.

The governor is instructing the emergency management division of the Washington State Military Department to coordinate all assistance to the affected areas.

Inslee says state agencies should do everything reasonably possible to assist the local areas in responding and recovering from the event.

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  • VickLo May 28, 2013

    Whew! It feels so good to be able to relax about this. I have been up for days hoping NC would be different than the rest of the country. I should have known better. Thank you NC DOT! I can now sleep again.

  • bubbaOK May 28, 2013

    Much of N.C. regularly lulls itself into feeling perfectly comfortable with complacency. Define "safe" any1?

  • WralCensorsAreBias May 24, 2013

    safe until someone runs into them because they were texting.

    oh that's right, NC's finest is going to bust us all for that over the weekend. right.

  • ConservativeVoter May 24, 2013

    "What happened to all that Obama stimulus money? It was supposed to go to upgrade the country's infrastructure. Instead it went to upgrade his crony's bank accounts.
    timexliving"

    It went to pay off Obama's union friends and the liberal groups that got him elected.

    Very little made it to the places that really needed the money.

  • RadioDJ May 24, 2013

    I guess they better be. Our legislature will be cutting out any inspections agencies becuase they are too burdunsome on those poor bridge builders who only want a fair shake to make a nice profit. Silly regulations are killing all of our "job creationists".

  • Ex-Republican May 24, 2013

    What happened to all that Obama stimulus money? It was supposed to go to upgrade the country's infrastructure. Instead it went to upgrade his crony's bank accounts.

  • ConservativeVoter May 24, 2013

    The I-440 (Beltline) bridge over Hillsborough is a questionable bridge.

    Scary thing with the number cars that go over it.

  • chrisnrali May 24, 2013

    yeah, doesn't leave me with a warm fuzzy feeling either.

  • davidgnews May 24, 2013

    Somehow 'DOT' and 'reassures' in the same sentence doesn't work, given their track record of fine management.