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1 in 12 Illinois bridges 'structurally deficient'

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 7:08 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO — A transportation advocacy group says about 1 in 12 Illinois bridges are "structurally deficient" and need serious maintenance and rehabilitation or should be replaced entirely.

Illinois fared far better than many other states, ranking 35th in the survey by the Transportation for America. The organization's report says the state had more than 2,300 structurally deficient bridges in 2013.

Illinois has more than 26,500 bridges.

The state's 8.7 percent average was slightly better than the national figure, which the group pegged at about 11 percent.

Transportation for America used federal highway data to produce the rankings.

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