We’ve all driven on roads and bridges in this state that could use some serious updating and fixing. In Newton alone there are seven structurally deficient bridges.
That’s in addition to half the bridges in Massachusetts that are already structurally deficient (map). It’s hard to believe that there are some people who think this is not a problem. There is a question on this November’s ballot that if passed, would take away the funds needed to improve our streets, bridges and could put the public’s safety at risk and our transportation infrastructure in jeopardy.
But the Committee For Safe Roads and Bridges is fighting hard to make sure Question 1 does not pass, and they need our help. Consider some of these facts:
- According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than half of all bridges in the state are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete – ranking us second-worst among the 50 states.
- There are 27 bridges that have been closed because they are unsafe and another 447 that can only carry reduced traffic loads.
- One out of five major roadways in the state is classified as being in poor condition.