Several WV Bridges Get Low Scores

Federal highway data show that nearly 1,000 bridges in West Virginia are structurally deficient. On a sufficiency scale of 0 to 100, the Federal Highway Administration rates seven bridges in the state as 0. But West Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Walker told the Charleston Gazette that the federal ratings don't mean the state's bridges are unsafe. The ratings serve as a guideline to prioritize the use of federal funds. Any bridge that scores below 80 is eligible for renovation or rehabilitation. A score below 50 makes a bridge eligible for federal replacement.