Collapse raises concerns about Ohio bridge safety

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has 278 bridges similar to the one that collapsed on in Washington this week, sending cars and people into the water below.

State transportation officials point out that Washington’s bridge collapse was caused by a truck driver who hit a girder, not a failing bridge.

But the accident renews concerns about bridge safety as infrastructure ages throughout the country and Ohio.

The County Engineers Association of Ohio reports that of the state’s 44,000 bridges, 278 are similar to the one that collapsed in Washington.

They’re known as through-truss bridges, and damage to one key piece could bring down an entire span.

Across the state, 5,761 of about 26,900 county-maintained bridges are considered functionally obsolete or structurally deficient.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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