Inspectors: Delaware bridges are safe

February 18, 2008 5:37:08 AM PST
Officials with the Delaware Department of Transportation say the state's bridges are safe.

The state began reinspecting its most important bridges after the Minneapolis bridge tragedy last summer, and inspectors have found no surprises.

Of the state's more than 1,457 bridges, only 33 are rated structurally deficient. That means they scored a 4 or lower on the 0-to-9 federal inspection scale.

The state has 29 bridges at risk of collapse if there is a single component failure. Of those, five are rated structurally deficient and will now be inspected every six months. Those bridges are located on Rising Sun Lane over the Brandywine, Walnut Street over the Christina River in Wilmington, James Street over the Christina River in Newport, St. Anne's Church Road over the railroad tracks in Middletown and Poplar Street over Broad Creek in Laurel.

Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal,