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Obama's 'Fix it First' Program Highlights Failing Bridges in U.S., Area

Find out which bridges in the Barrington and Lake Zurich area are labeled as "structurally deficient."

President Barack Obama proposed Tuesday night a "Fix It First" program to address the nation's crumbling infrastructure—like roads and bridges—in an effort to improve citizens' quality of life and bring jobs to the United States.

There are nearly 70,000 "structurally deficient" bridges throughout the United States that require "significant maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement," according to the Transportation for America website. 

In Illinois, 8.5 percent of the state's bridges are "structurally deficient." The state is ranked 35th worst nationally for the overall quality of its bridges, according to the Transportation for America website. 

Locally, there are a handful of bridges that are highlighted as structurally deficient on the Transportation for America website. The good news is that many of the more heavily traveled bridges that fit that criteria have been fixed or will be fixed soon, according to information gathered by Patch.com. 

Below is information on some of those bridges and culverts: 

  • The bridge over Flint Creek in Lake Barrington. The bridge is scheduled for replacement this year, according to the Illinois DOT. The bridge was built in 1968 and 509 cars per day travel over it. 
  • The bridge over the Fox River Inlet on Edwards Road in Fox River Grove. The bridge was built in 1900 and an average of 275 card travel it per day. 
  • The Quentin Road bridge that crosses Salt Creek. The bridge was built in 1900 with about 17,000 cars traveling across it per day. 
  • The Coffin Road bridge crossing Buffalo Creek. The structure was built in 1925, and approximately 759 cars pass over it per day.

Tell us in the comments' section: Which bridges and roads do you think NEED to be fixed in the area? 

Lead Follow or Get Out of the Way February 14, 2013 at 03:32 PM
I'm a little confused...I thought a good portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ($840 BILLION!!!) was supposed to fix our crumbling bridges. Now we need to waste more tax money not doing it. Where did all the stimulous money go??http://www.recovery.gov/Transparency/fundingoverview/Pages/fundingbreakdown.aspx
Nellie H February 14, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Hey remember " those shovel ready jobs weren't as shovel ready as we thought" followed by hilarious laughter and so forth? They used the money for the projects that are now defunct....Solyndra, et al... Also money used for the stupid high speed trains from one useless city to another....Then we had to give Morsi in Egypt and the gov in Pakistan billions to help take us down....so I guess they ran out of other people's money and need to repropose the same projects that will again never see the light of day.

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