When you think of Nevada, you automatically think of gambling and … bridges? Well you should. According to the Nevada Appeal, the state’s bridges have once again been ranked as the nation’s best.
This is the fourth year in a row the American Road and Transportation Builders Association has named Nevada’s bridges as the best maintained in the nation. The association says only 1.6 percent of the state’s 2,000 public bridges are structurally deficient. That’s compared to 9.1 percent nationwide.
Nevada Department of Transportation Director Rudy Malfabon says that is because of the department’s bridge inspection and rehabilitation program. He said maintaining the state’s bridges can be a major challenge since nearly 440 of the state-owned bridges are more than 50 years old. NDOT spent around $17 million in the past two years maintaining and preserving those bridges.