Last year state and local inspectors in Minnesota found that one in five of railroad bridges is structurally deficient. Cracked concrete columns, rusting girders and bolts, along with a slew of other problems led to inspectors naming 71 bridges in the state in “poor” condition.
Despite the growing concern of structurally deficient bridges, statistic after statistic, none of it has lead to much action from railroads. What also poses a problem is that the Federal Railroad Administration doesn’t keep a database of rail bridges, while it does keep information for highway bridges.
Learn about how the citizens of Minnesota are tackling this growing infrastructure problem below.