Site makes it easy to find unsafe bridges in your town

How safe is that bridge your crossing? Why not find out?

The folks at have created a nifty site to do just that. It uses Google Maps and data from the Federal Highway Administration’s National Bridge Inventory to show where all the country’s "structurally deficient" and "fracture critical" bridges are.


Just enter an address town, or ZIP Code and you’ll see a map with tags for all the bridges on the list. Yay!

Being on that list doesn’t (necessarily) mean the bridge is going to collapse any moment. It only means that Federal or state engineers have found "one or more major defects in its support structure or deck." (The site has more information about that.)

Things to think about next time you’re motoring along, huh?

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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