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The Rhode Island Public Interest Research Group (RIPIRG) released a report on Thursday, Sept. 22, stating that 163 bridges, or 21.6 per cent of all bridges in the state, are rated structurally deficient by government standards. According to the these numbers, Rhode Island has the fourth worst bridge conditions in the country.
According to Rhode Island Dept. of Transportation (RIDOT) Information and Public Relations Specialist Charles St. Martin, those numbers have fluctuated because some of the bridges listed as being structurally deficient in the report have been repaired, while others listed in good condition have been closed.
The report lists the Woodville Road Bridge, which crosses the Wood River at the Hopkinton/Richmond line as being structurally deficient, but it was reopened on June 27, 2011, after repairs were completed. Also, the Bridge Street Bridges, two identical and successive bridges that carry Bridge street over the Wood River in Wyoming, were listed as deficient, but were completely rebuilt, being closed in 2009 and reopened on July 22, 2011.
St. Martin said that the amount of bridges that are deficient still remains around 20 per cent, however.
â€śThe basic premise is that we have a big challenge,â€ť he said
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