State of Disrepair
An Italian Bridge Collapse Spurs a Wave of Repair Projects
The Morandi Bridge collapse last year in Genoa, Italy left 43 people dead. The disaster drew attention to a global problem: Aging bridges are in urgent need of repair, if not outright replacement. Thousands of bridges will be in crisis in the next 20 years throughout Italy, estimates Italian bridge inspection company 4 EMME Service. Italy is hardly alone: 9 percent of the United States' bridges (54,259 of 612,677 bridges) are structurally deficient, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. And in France, one-third of the country's 12,000 bridges need repair, according to a 2018 government report.