Deficient bridges around Virginia don't meet design standards

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A report says some of the most-traveled bridges in Virginia may be structurally deficient.

The Daily Press (http://bit.ly/1LchAMg) reports that a report by the American Road & Transportation Builders Associate found that 1,063 bridges across the state fail to meet structural and design standards.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association is an organization of contractors, transportation officials and equipment manufacturers. The association says deficiencies include key elements such as deck and substructures that have been classified as poor.

With about 7.7 percent of the state's bridges failing to meet standards, Virginia places 21st in the nation for deficient bridges. According to the report, the percentage of statewide deficient bridges is lower than the national rate of 9.6 percent.

State Secretary of Transportation Aubrey L. Layne Jr. says officials are planning to address updates to bridges.

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