State of Virginia’s Bridges

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15 Dec 2013

Half of Richmond’s bridges need work

On an average day, cars and trucks make more than 31 million trips over Virginia bridges that are obsolete or in disrepair. One-third of the state’s bridges, and more than half in Richmond, need repair or rehabilitation.

15 Dec 2013

When a bridge collapsed in W. Va.

The day was Dec. 15, 1967. It was rush hour in Point Pleasant, W. Va. Thousands of cars crossed the Silver Bridge each day in this city that sits on the border with Ohio. But on this day, some of the cars that started across the Silver Bridge did not make it to the other side.

15 Dec 2013

Percent of bridges needing work

Here is a breakdown of the bridges in selected localities of Virginia.

15 Dec 2013

How we crunched the bridge data

The data for this project came from the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. The VDOT data came as a series of HTML pages; the federal data came as an Excel spreadsheet.

15 Dec 2013

Search the Virginia bridge database

With this search tool, you can see the latest inspection data for any bridge in Virginia.