AAA Carolinas Releases Bad Bridges Report

AAA Carolinas has released its annual bad bridges report. The travel group says 5,190 bridges in North Carolina are substandard, which is actually a lower number than last year's report.

Counties with the highest number of substandard bridges are Buncombe (218), Guilford (166), Wake (155) and Wilkes (142).

The counties with the lowest percentage of substandard bridges are Hyde (14%), Currituck (18%), Richmond (18%) and Jones (20%).

AAA Carolinas has been rating the state's bridges since 1998, giving extra emphasis to the amount of traffic a bridge carries because of the effect on commuters and travelers.

There are 10 bridges among the top 20 that were not ranked in the 2012 report, which are listed below with their 2013 ranking:

U.S. 52 over U.S. 311 in Forsyth County (6th)
U.S. 23/74 over U.S. 19/23 in Haywood County (7th)
U.S. 52/311 & N.C. 8 over Diggs Blvd. in Forsyth County (8th)
U.S. 15/501NBL over SR1308 in Durham County (9th)
U.S. 17 over U.S. 76 in Brunswick County (10th)
U.S. 76 over the Cape Fear River in New Hanover County (11th)
I-26WBL over SR3495 in Buncombe County (14th)
U.S. 70 over U.S. 401 in Wake County (15th)
SR2254 over Southern Railroad in Guilford County (16th)
I-277 over Clarkson Street in Mecklenburg County (17th)

AAA Carolinas' rankings are based on data provided by NCDOT.

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