Report Indicates 2,100 Texas Bridges are Deficient, But Safe

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AUSTIN (AP) - More than 2,100 Texas bridges have been classified under the same "structurally deficient" rating given to the span that collapsed in Minnesota.

But state officials insist all Texas bridges are completely safe.

Structurally deficient bridges accounted for four percent of the state's approximately 50,000 bridges in a 2006 report by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Seventy-seven percent of Texas bridges were labeled good or better.

Most of the rest were deemed functionally obsolete, meaning they aren't designed to handle current traffic demand.

TxDOT spokesman Mark Cross says Texas bridges are inspected at least every two years, and those with critical issues are checked out more frequently.