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12 Bridges "Structurally Deficient" in Yakima County

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YAKIMA, Wash.--In Yakima County, 12 county road bridges are considered "structurally deficient".
 
It's important to understand that structurally deficient doesn't mean that these dozen bridges are unsafe to drive over. Yakima County Bridge Engineer Mark Cleaver said if they were considered in any way unsafe, they would be closed.
 
Cleaver said structurally deficient means the quality of the bridge has degraded.
 
They're rated on a scale from zero to 100. If they're sufficiency level falls under 40, then the county has the opportunity to receive state funds for repairs. Bridge engineers said unfortunately the money hasn't been so easy to obtain over the past five years.
 
"Our goal would be to have none," said Cleaver. "But for the size of our inventory and comparison to the rest of the state, I think we're pretty good."
 
Yakima County is responsible for 307 bridges. Out of the 12 that are considered structurally deficient, the North Meyers Bridge near Toppenish ranks the lowest.
 
It has a sufficiency rating of six. Cleaver said weight restrictions help maintain it, but more state funds would go a long way toward restoring our county's infrastructure.
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