Speaking of bridges, the national advocacy group Transportation for America came out with a study last week on the state of the country’s bridges — and let’s just say Massachusetts is like a C+ student at a failing school.
Massachusetts ranked 28th on the list of states with the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges: 9.6 percent of bridges in the state are in dire need of maintenance or replacement, just under the national average of 11 percent.
Just be glad you don’t live in Pennsylvania, where 1 in every 4 bridges is on the list of worst offenders. (Washington state, where a dramatic bridge collapse caught national attention last month, is surprisingly number 46.)
And perhaps most shocking of all: There are more structurally deficient bridges in America’s 100 largest metropolitan areas than there are McDonald’s restaurants in the country.
You can check out the full list of bridges at t4america.org/resources/bridges.Martine Powers can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @martinepowers.