Wyoming Bridges "Structurally Deficient"

Jeff Schuman reports, jschuman@k2tv.com

Almost 900,000 motorists drive on Wyoming's 3,000 plus bridges every day.

"The majority are in good to fair condition," WYDOT bridge engineer Keith Fulton said.

But almost 13 percent of them have been recognized as "structurally deficient."

"A lot of the bridges that we have considered structurally deficient in this state are due to the deck condition. That there is a lot of cracking, spalling, or delaminations."

This number puts Wyoming as the 16th worst state in terms of bridge quality. On the bright side...

"We haven't had any collapses."

So what is WYDOT doing to address the problem?

"Every year we let projects to work on our bridges. We work on about $20 million worth of projects just dealing with bridges. All the bridges are inspected once, at least once every two years."

And if WYDOT feels certain bridges need to be inspected more frequently, they will be put on a six month cycle. Overall, Fulton believes there is nothing for motorists to worry about.

"I don't think there's an unsafe bridge on the Wyoming system. I mean, if there's a bridge that we feel is unsafe, we're going to close it or we're going to fix it as soon as we can.