The poor condition rating, which is a result of an in-depth hands-on bridge inspection, is an early warning sign for engineers to initiate the rehabilitation or replacement process and to use when prioritizing funding.
The rating applies to three main elements of a bridge:
These elements are rated on a scale from zero (closed to traffic) to nine (relatively new). If any of thethree elements is rated as a four or less, the bridge is categorized in poor condition by federal standards. This does not mean that the bridge is unsafe.
The information below is taken from the annual submission (PDF, 26kb) to FHWA made on March 15, 2019. This submission reports that there are 2,554 bridges on the Maryland State Highway System, of which 52 are classified in poor condition, or about 2%.
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