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158 "Structurally Deficient" Bridges in 16 Mid-State Counties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Federal data show that dozens of Tennessee bridges are among thousands nationwide that have advanced deterioration or are at risk of collapsing.

That works out to a small percentage of the state's total bridges, a point no doubt lost on the drivers who use the deficient bridges regularly.

The Associated Press analyzed data involving more than 607,000 U.S. bridges in the National Bridge Inventory. The most recent data show that nationally more than 65,000 bridges have been rated structurally deficient.

Here in the mid-state, Cannon County appears to have the most serious problem with about 17 percent of its bridges rated as structurally deficient.

Davidson County has the largest number of bridges with problems, with 31 categorized as deficient.

Putnam and Sumner counties are in the best shape with about two bridges each showing structural problems.