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Ramps to Tri-Cities' Blue Bridge deemed "Functionally Obsolete"

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- MSNBC bridge inspection data shows more than a quarter of the bridges in Washington State are what they call structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

Two ramps near the Blue Bridge were deemed functionally obsolete in the MSNBC data.

Functionally obsolete is described by MSNBC as a bridge that does not meet certain criteria such as lane width, load carrying capacity, or clearance. The two ramps near the Blue Bridge, one going west to 240, the other on 395 near Imnaha Street are said to be functionally obsolete but are above minimum standards and don't need to be replaced. The DOT says that the bridge just is not consistent with current standards in some way. They say travelling on these bridges is not unsafe.

The report does allow people to map their route and see which bridges they will cross and exactly how safe they are but, it neglects to mention major bridges in our area like the Cable Bridge. DOT says much of the Washington information is incorrect and out of date. 

DOT says that even if a bridge is deemed structurally deficient, it is still safe for people to travel on. He says all of Washington's bridges meet the requirement of having been tested in the last two years.