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Study: 9 of Illinois’ 10 most ‘structurally deficient’ bridges are in Chicago area

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CHICAGO — A recent study finds, almost 10 percent of Chicago's bridges are structurally deficient and need repair.

Among the worst is the Wilson Avenue bridge at Lake Shore Drive. It was built in 1933.

Chunks of concrete frequently fall to the sidewalk or pavement below.

Statewide, nine out of 10 "structurally deficient" bridges are in the Chicago area, according to a recent study by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

The term "structurally deficient" does not mean the bridges are in any danger of collapse, it means the bridge needs repairs or needs to be rebuilt.

The good news is that the Wilson and Lawrence Avenue bridges are slated for repair this summer.

Community activists are calling for a long-term funding plan.

But federal funding for future bridge repairs is still in question.

IDOT plans to repair most of the bridges it controls in the next six years and agreed that a long term funding plan is needed.

For a full list of Top 10 structurally deficient bridges by state, go to: www.artba.org