Federal records show more than 100 bridges across Kentucky have advanced deterioration and are at risk of collapsing. The head of the state’s transportation agency blames the situation largely on more and heavier traffic than existed when the bridges were first built.
The Associated Press analyzed data involving more than 607 thousand bridges in the National Bridge Inventory. In Kentucky, the latest federal review shows 145 bridges fall into categories of ‘structurally deficient’ and fracture critical. State officials say 16 of those spans are no longer in both categories.