More than a dozen bridges in the immediate Springfield area are listed as “structurally deficient” in a new report from a transportation group.
That group finds that one in 12 Illinois bridges fall into that category.
A ranking of structurally deficient does not mean the bridges are unsafe at the moment, but indicates they need regular monitoring and maintenance, and should be considered for replacement.
The most heavily traveled local bridge in that category is on Chatham Road, north of Wabash.
An average of 19,000 cars a day pass over that 46-year-old bridge.