CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – Iowa ranks at the top of the list in the most structurally-deficient bridges, according to the U.S Department of Transportation.
Rural infrastructure is a concern among Iowans. just recently, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association released an analysis of the U.S. department of transportation’s 2018 national bridge inventory database. unfortunately, Iowa is at the top of the list.
Max Bergo of Cedar Falls felt nervous when he would drive on the bridge on main street.
“Actually, last Summer, I was working in construction so I was driving a lot of trucks over the bridge and that was interesting. Sometimes we have some dump trucks go on with us and dump stuff back there,” Bergo said.
It is important to note that the bridge on main street dear downtown Cedar Falls is considered to be in good condition.
Bergo noticed something wrong about some of the bridges in the area, however.
“I didn’t know until I walked under the bridge and you can kind of, like, visibly see cracks through the bridge,” Bergo said.
Cassandra Pierce works downtown cedar falls and also is concerned, pointing out certain bridges that she thinks need more work.
“In smaller towns, definitely, sometimes the bridges don’t seem as well-maintained or they sometimes seem too small or like, I’m concerned. In my little car, I feel fine but sometimes I’m worried if semis or a big truck went over them,” Pierce said.
Pierce has a suggestion.
“I think it would make sense to do it like community by community and not just try to tackle it all at once and then maybe talk to people like in each town about how they feel about their bridges specifically,” Pierce said.