Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) – A new report ranks two overpasses on Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach among the worst in Virginia when it comes to the most traveled structurally deficient bridges in the state.
The report released Thursday by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association says more than 63,000 bridges across the country are in urgent need of repair.
The ARTBA report used data from the 2013 National Bridge Inventory from the Federal Highway Transportation Administration.
It also broke down the Top 10 most traveled structurally deficient bridges in each state.
In Virginia, 7 of those bridges are in the Richmond area, 2 are in Hampton Roads and 1 is in the Northern Virginia Area.
Number 5 on the Virginia list is along Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach where it crosses over Lynnhaven Parkway.
The ARTBA report says 133,892 vehicles cross over it every day.
Number 6 on the Virginia list is also along Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach where it crosses over London Bridge Road.
The ARTBA report says 105,572 vehicles cross over that span daily.
“It’s a well-traveled road and I wouldn’t think that at all. I would think it would be some of the other bridges around here,” Jessica Castrechino of Norfolk told NewsChannel 3’s Todd Corillo.
A structurally deficient label from the Federal Highway Administration means that the bridge has “major deterioration, cracks or other flaws” that reduce its ability to support cars.
VDOT Hampton Roads tells NewsChannel 3 that their policy is to inspect those bridges every 12 months, whereas the federal policy requires inspections only every two years.
To read the complete report from ARTBA, click here.
To see the Virginia break down from ARTBA, click here.