By Bob Weaver

West Virginia has some of the worst bridges in the nation, according to a new report by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

The FOIA has been requested from Legal Division Director, Jill Dunn.

The annual national report analyzed bridge data from the Federal Highway Administration released in March 2019.

19.9% of West Virginia bridges were deemed structurally deficient, meaning the bridges are in poor condition and in need of repairs. This does not mean the bridges are unsafe for travel.

1,444 bridges fall in that category out of the 7,269 in the state.

The only state with a higher percentage of structurally deficient bridges is Rhode Island.

88 of West Virginia's bad bridges are on interstates, according to the report.

Keeling L. Fife, Bridge Engineer for District 3, Parkersburg, issued a summary of Calhoun bridges:

Good Condition: 22 Bridges

Fair Condition: 15 Bridges

Poor Condition: 13 Bridges

Critical Condition: 0 Bridges

The Federal Highway Administration says Calhoun County currently has 50 structures classified as a bridge.

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