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Report: Bridges Still In Need of Repair

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Despite half a billion dollars in funding, Minnesota has more structurally deficient bridges than it did in 2011, according to infrastructure advocacy group Transportation for America. 
 
Bridge conditions have been a focus in the state ever since the 35W bridge collapse in 2007, with repairs almost entirely reliant on state and federal funding.

Currently, Sibley County stands in close to the roughest shape throughout the state, with more than 20% of its bridges deemed structurally deficient.
 
Sibley County Engineer Tim Becker says, "We've been behind a little bit. Over the next three years we plan on replacing nine bridges, [however] only three of them are currently funded."

This bridge on 387th avenue just outside of Arlington scores in the 30s out of a scale of 100, but the county must wait until next year to replace it.

And it's spendy... around $400,000 for a 45-foot span going over High Island Creek.

While Sibley County is on the negative end of the spectrum, Blue Earth County ranks near the top, with less than 2% of its bridges receiving failing grades.

And Nicollet County has none that need replacement.
 
Nicollet County Engineer Seth Greenwood says, "A lot of counties have anywhere from 200 to 500 bridges. When you have that many and not enough funding there's going to be a pile of bridges in your county that are on that list for replacement and fortunately we have 72 and they're all up to snuff.

There may be some discrepancies in the data used by Transportation for America, which says 3 of Nicollet County's 48 bridges are structurally deficient.