Georgia’s Aging Bridge Problem

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Key Points
  • 40% of Georgia Bridges are 50+ years old.
  • Bridges built before 1980 were built for a 50-year lifespan.
  • A booming population and economy mean more freight and heavier trucks put a strain on infrastructure built for lower loads.
In 2017, local officials in northwest Georgia identified five bridges that could not bear the weight of a school bus. The news was so stunning that citizens of Walker County voted to raise their own taxes to pay for road and bridge maintenance the following year. But while much of Georgia faces a similar infrastructure crisis, ...

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