More than six percent of the 27,345 road bridges across the state of Ohio are in need of major repairs, according to a study from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).
The study classified 1,653 of the state's bridges as "structurally deficient," meaning at least one of the bridge's key elements (deck, superstructure, etc.) has been rated as being in "poor or worse condition."
Of the 25 structurally deficient bridges with the most daily traffic, five are in Cuyahoga County, two are in Stark, two are in Lorain, and one more each is in Lake, Richland, and Summit.
The state has identified needed repairs on these bridges plus 62 more, which would cost a total of $27.4 billion.
According to the report, Ohio ranks 33rd among U.S. states as far as percentage of bridges that are structurally deficient. Rhode Island was the worst state at 23.3 percent, while Texas rated the best at just 1.6 percent.
While the statistics certainly aren't stellar for Ohio, they were actually improved from the last study, as 1,942 of the state's bridges were rated as structurally deficient in 2016.