NH1 News Investigates: Busted Bridges in NH
It's something most of us take for granted.
We're talking about the safety of our bridges we drive over every day here in the Granite State.
So we went digging for answers to find out just how safe - or unsafe - they are.
The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge that links Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Kittery, Maine was built 75 years ago.
Most bridges in the state were built to last 50 to 60 years.
Back in January, Senator Jeanne Shaheen along with others from both states kicked off the ceremonial start for the replacement bridge.
Bill Boynton of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation says time is not on this or many other bridges' side,
"We're talking months and not years left in the life of that bridge," Boynton says.
And it's not just old age but there's plenty of rust, corrosion, and heavy truck traffic contributing to the bridge's structural integrity.
"We're down there all the time just trying to hold that together until this new bridge can be built," Boynton says.
New Hampshire has 147 bridges on what's called the "Red List" meaning these bridges are structurally deficient and need serious repair or total replacement as soon as possible.
Problem is, there's just not enough money to do it.
So what are the 10 worst bridges in the state? How much is it going to cost to fix them? And could there be a bridge collapse here in the state?
Tonight on NH1 news at 10, NH1 News Investigates Busted Bridges and the infrastructure of the more than 2,000 bridges we drive over each and every day.