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Bridge structures and safety in Amarillo

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According to Transportation for America, a bridge safety and transportation advocacy group, in Texas, there are 1,551 bridges deemed structurally deficient.

Three of these bridges are in Amarillo. The information comes from a study done in 2011 with data from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

According to this site, the bridges on 1-40 and Ross, I-40 and Arthur, and 34th and Fillmore, are all considered structurally deficient.

The Federal Highway Administration refers to structurally deficient bridges as those requiring "significant maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement."

We reached out to TxDOT to confirm if the Amarillo bridges listed on Transportation for America was accurate. In a written statement they told us, "A bridge that is structurally deficient does not indicate a need for immediate actions. Any immediate needs are identified during inspections and are executed either through emergency contracts or closure depending on the recommendations from the engineer performing the inspection."

They also mentioned that bridges are inspected at least once every 24 months to make sure they are safe for motorist. The statement also read "All bridges open to traffic in Texas are safe. Unsafe bridges are closed."

Colleen Nelson, NewsChannel 10