DAYTON, Ohio - The Ohio Department of Transportation says that more than 2,200 bridges are structurally deficient statewide -- but there isn't enough money to fix them.
The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/13Y4SGG ) reports that DOT records listed 2,230 structurally deficient bridges, but officials say lack of funding makes it difficult to keep up with repairs.
A bridge labeled structurally deficient means that it must be monitored and eventually repaired or replaced.
State records show the cost of bridge projects statewide has been on the rising, growing from $570 million in 2003 to a projected $1 billion in 2014.
Records show that many of the troubled bridges are short spans that go over a dry run or small creek.
To see how bridges in the Tri-State shape up, read Brendan Keefe's I-Team report on how safe bridges in our region are at www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/i-team-tragedy-and-hardship-combine-to-create-safer-bridges .