I-295 National Bridge Inventory, 2014
This map marks all of the bridges (including overpasses, ramps, etc…) along the I-295 corridor that the federal government has identified as either “Structurally Deficient” or “Functionally Obsolete”.
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Please take time to review the bridges that are part of your daily commute or errands and share this with family and friends that use I-295 regularly. Structurally Deficient and Functionally Obsolete bridges affect our quality of life and our safety.
Every year, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration produces the National Bridge Inventory (NBI), a detailed accounting of the condition of the nation’s bridges. Based on the visual inspection of every vehicular bridge in the nation longer than 20′, the NBI is the most comprehensive national database of bridges available and is used to determine federal funding. ELEC has compiled and mapped bridges along the I-295 corridor that have been rated as “Structurally Deficient” or “Functionally Obsolete” in the 2014 NBI, including bridges along I-295 that pass over other roadways, railways, or bodies of water, entrance and exit ramps to I-295, and roads that pass over I-295. Additionally, we have compared the 2014 NBI database to IUOE Local 825’s list of active and recently completed projects to produce what may be the most accurate list available.
"Structurally Deficient is a status used to describe a bridge that has one or more structural defects that require attention. This status does not indicate the severity of the defect but rather that a defect is present. Please see the Structural Evaluation and the Condition ratings of each bridge Deck, Substructure, and Superstructure for details of the nature and severity of the defect(s)."
"Functionally Obsolete is a status used to describe a bridge that is no longer by design functionally adequate for its task. Reasons for this status include that the bridge doesn’t have enough lanes to accommodate the traffic flow, it may be a drawbridge on a congested highway, or it may not have space for emergency shoulders. Functionally Obsolete does not communicate anything of a structural nature. A Functionally Obsolete bridge may be perfectly safe and structurally sound, but may be the source of traffic jams or may not have a high enough clearance to allow an oversized vehicle."