Iowa DOT launches map detailing condition of 24,000 bridges

The First Avenue bridge over the Charley Western Trail is rated as structurally deficient but with a fair bridge condition

Des Moines, Iowa – A new interactive map on the Iowa Department of Transportation website offers Iowans a glimpse into the conditions of the state’s 24-thousand bridges. The D-O-T’s Andrea Henry says the map is searchable by county, city or state legislative district and it indicates whether bridges are in good, fair or poor condition.

The map was created to help elected officials make decisions about repairs, considering whether some bridges have become structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Henry says regular citizens can also check out bridges nearby.

To see the map, visit the Iowa Department of Transportation website, click on the Performance tab at the left, and choose the Bridge Condition link.

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  • Useful Idiot

    Good to know but not very actionable in terms of solving the problem. Since DOT’s do not have unlimited budgets since we have been busy rebuilding Iraq, the question is what do we do about this? The answer is manage the sheer on the bridges from commercial over sized overweight(OSOW) vehicles so that resources can be allocated and bridges not destroyed while waiting for repair. Hexagon has a solution for this, not sure how IA routes its OSOW trucks.