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What advanced techniques can the country implement to identify and mitigate aging infrastructure before it becomes dangerous?

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Posted Date: 03/07/2016

A recent report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association showed nearly 60,000 bridges (almost 10 percent of United States bridges) were structurally deficient last year. 

Road and bridge damage on the Blanco River near Blanco, Texas, from the Memorial Day 2015 Flood. Photo Credit: Michael Nyman, USGS.


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Infrastructure is essential for the smooth operations of our daily lives here in the United States. As infrastructure ages, it is important to remember that preemptive repairs and upkeep will prevent disasters and dangerous situations for citizens. It is often difficult to justify money spent on maintenance and repair when nothing is “broken” and there are other pressing matters. I think the best option is to monitor infrastructure and replace before it fails and causes a state of emergency.

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