April 23 - April 27, 2018

Mississippi’s governor recently closed dozens of bridges in the state because they did not meet safety standards. Should more states be taking bridge condition more seriously and shutting down unsafe spans?

Answers Votes
Yes; bridges that are not up to standards must be closed and repaired immediately. 69%
No; most states are addressing bridge problems as quickly as they can already, and shutting down bridges unnecessarily will be an inconvenience to residents. 22%
Other (please explain in the comments section) 7%

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Tagged categories: Bridges; Infrastructure; Quality Control

Comment from Michael Beitzel, (4/23/2018, 11:18 AM)

Bridges that have been found to be deficient by trained and qualified inspectors should be examined by professional bridge engineers to determine if they are unsafe and need to be closed. It is unfortunate but it is now the case that due to the lack of funding for maintenance we are not able to rely on the integrity of our structures and are relying on the integrity of our inspectors.

Comment from Rita Schoelzel, (4/24/2018, 5:22 PM)

it needs to be looked at individual basis. But yes if they are a hazard they should be shut down.

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (4/24/2018, 5:50 PM)

Shutting down bridges should be the last resort. If deficient, a load reduction (i.e. axle limits) can be added, a reduction in the number of lanes could be instituted or other options could be exercised. The question is a little too black and white for reality, but deficient bridges do need to be looked at more seriously and action appropriate needs to be taken.

Comment from WAN MOHAMAD NOR WAN ABDUL RAHMAN, (4/26/2018, 2:26 AM)

This is a serious topic.Because infrastructures such as bridges if not properly maintained up to the standard will jeopardise the lives of the people. Its up to the government of the day to give priorities over the budget allocation.

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