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$1 trillion needed to repair bridges, number of bid requests very low

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Staff writer ▼ | July 30, 2015
As the eighth anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota approaches, Austin-based company BidPrime completed a research and analysis investigating the current state of U.S. bridges.
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Study   61,064 bridges are considered structurally deficient
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Today, there are 61,064 U.S. bridges designated as "structurally deficient" by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. Travellers complete more than 215 million daily crossings on these bridges in need of varying levels of repair.

Bill Culhane, VP of Marketing at BidPrime, pointed out, “Most estimates show that $1 trillion is needed to cover maintenance and repair costs. In the past year, government agencies have submitted 1,074 bid requests to service the sixty thousand plus bridges in need of repair. It seems quite evident that acknowledgement, commitment and funding are areas needing to be addressed.”

States with most structurally deficient bridges:

1. Pennsylvania
2. Iowa
3. Oklahoma
4. Missouri
5. Nebraska

States with highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges:

1. Rhode Island
2. Pennsylvania
3. Iowa
4. South Dakota
5. Oklahoma

States with most applicable bid requests for the testing, analysis and maintenance of existing bridges:

1. California
2. New York
3. Texas
4. Virginia
5. Georgia

BidPRime's report analyzed the number of government bids and RFPs issued in the last year for the maintenance and service of existing bridge infrastructure across the United States, while taking into account that an estimated 61,064 bridges are considered structurally deficient.

Lead researcher Braedon Avants added, “Our research showed that the states with the highest number, or percentage, of structurally deficient bridges didn’t exactly correlate to where the bid requests are originating.”

BidPrime is a technology company which provides real-time notification of new federal, state, and local government bids and contract opportunities using a streamlined User Interface.

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