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Highlights from FHWA’s 2017 National Bridge Inventory Data

 Of the 26,775 bridges in the state, 2,303, or 8.6 percent, are classified as structurally deficient. This means
one of the key elements is in poor or worse condition.1
 150 structurally deficient bridges in the state are on the Interstate Highway System.
 877 bridges are posted for load, which may restrict the size and weight of vehicles crossing the structure.
 Over the last five years, bridge investment has accounted for 27.6 percent of highway and bridge contract
awards in the state, compared to an average of 28.9 percent nationwide.2
 Over the last 10 years, 2,653 new bridges have been constructed in the state; 559 have undergone major
 The state has identified needed repairs on 2,642 bridges; which the state estimates will cost $9.6 billion.3

Bridge Inventory
All Bridges Structurally Deficient Bridges
Type of Bridge4 Total Area Daily Total Area Daily
Number (sq. meters) Crossings Number (sq. meters) Crossings
Rural Bridges
Interstate 878 746,562 9,291,800 63 89,051 539,200
Other principal arterial 852 518,671 4,096,200 48 35,729 245,950
Minor arterial 1,515 695,270 3,926,950 115 80,619 299,675
Major collector 3,223 1,013,951 3,168,075 217 96,238 207,725
Minor collector 1,422 376,866 687,890 123 29,029 66,825
Local 12,216 2,096,028 1,422,679 1,077 127,192 111,544
Urban Bridges
Interstate 1,435 2,907,887 61,601,150 87 235,151 2,318,825
Freeway/expressway 214 262,043 5,986,350 16 17,292 604,450
Other principal arterial 1,342 2,047,674 28,758,625 136 322,694 2,894,275
Minor arterial 1,273 1,258,998 12,978,425 108 135,499 1,247,625
Collector 1,072 779,959 4,982,015 130 142,328 684,760
Local 1,333 493,162 1,261,821 183 56,688 159,955
Total 26,775 13,197,076 138,000,000 2,303 1,367,514 9,380,809

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Proposed Bridge Work
Cost Area
Type of Work Number Daily Crossings
(millions) (sq. meters)
Bridge replacement 1,693 $8,540.9 11,608,909 1,372,898
Widening & rehabilitation 297 $360.4 4,079,840 357,739
Rehabilitation 436 $466.5 5,294,737 476,496
Deck rehabilitation/replacement 66 $138.3 3,876,625 156,500
Other work 150 $181.8 2,068,330 245,050

Top Most Traveled Structurally Deficient Bridges in Illinois

County Year Built Type of Bridge Location
Cook 1963 149,800 IL 53 SB over Kirchoff Rd
Cook 1963 149,800 IL 53 NB over Kirchoff Rd
DuPage 1970 143,700 Urban Interstate I-290 over Salt Creek
DuPage 1960 141,500 Urban Interstate I- 55 over Lemont Rd
Urban other
Cook 1937 123,500 Lake Shore Drive over Main Br Chicago Riv
principal arterial
Cook 1962 116,750 Urban Interstate I- 90,94 NB Elv Lo over Wells to 29th Pl
Urban other
Cook 1933 102,700 Lake Shore Drive over Wilson Avenue
principal arterial
Will 1955 98,400 Urban Interstate I- 55 over Joliet Rd
Urban other
Cook 1933 98,100 Lake Shore Drive over Lawrence Ave
principal arterial
St. Clair 1963 82,900 Urban Interstate Poplar Street Bridge

Sources: Bridge data is from the 2017 National Bridge Inventory ASCII files, released by the Federal Highway Administration in January 2018.
Note that specific conditions on bridges may have changed as a result of recent work.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a bridge is classified as structurally deficient if the condition rating for the deck, superstructure, substructure
or culvert and retaining walls is rated 4 or below or if the bridge receives an appraisal rating of 2 or less for structural condition or waterway adequacy. During inspection,
the conditions of a variety of bridge elements are rated on a scale of 0 (failed condition) to 9 (excellent condition). A rating of 4 is considered “poor” condition and the
individual element displays signs of advanced section loss, deterioration, spalling or scour. ARTBA follows the methodology of the FHWA and evaluates bridge status
without applying the 10-year rule.
ARTBA analysis of Dodge Data Analytics data.
States report the cost of proposed bridge work for each bridge to the Federal Highway Administration as part of the bridge inventory data each year. Each highway
agency is encouraged to use its best available information and established procedures to determine bridge improvement costs.
Bridges are classified by FHWA into types based on the functional classification of the roadway on the bridge. Interstates comprise routes officially designated by the
Secretary of Transportation, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways. Other principal arterials serve major centers of urban
areas or provide mobility through rural areas. Freeways and expressways are similar to interstates, with directional lanes generally separated by a physical barrier, and
access/egress points generally limited to on- and off-ramps. Minor arterials are used for trips of moderate length, serve smaller geographic areas and connect to the higher
arterial system. Collectors funnel traffic from local roads to the arterial network; major collectors have higher speed limits and traffic volumes, and are longer in length and
spaced at greater intervals, while minor collectors are shorter and provide service to smaller communities. Local roads do not carry through traffic, and are intended for
short distance travel.

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