Two Roanoke bridges considered "structurally deficient"

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Two bridges in Roanoke are considered "structurally deficient" in a new report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

The bridges are located on Liberty Road and Orange Avenue.

"Structurally deficient doesn't mean they're not safe or that they're likely to collapse," says VDOT spokesperson Jason Bond. "It just means they're in need of repairs."

He said the damage is caused by oversize trucks. In fact, trucks have hit the Liberty Road bridge 18 times since 2003.

VDOT is investing about $2 million for repairs on both bridges this year, like fixing concrete and steel beams and raising clearance.

The problems haven't gone unnoticed.

"One of the concerns I have is if the state and federal governments are doing their jobs and their share to keep up with the bridge projects across Virginia and the whole country," said Roanoke City councilman Bill Bestpitch.

VDOT says repairs for both bridges will be finished this year.