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

Find out which bridges in the Vernon Hills, Libertyville and greater Grayslake 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:

  • Oakwood Road bridge crossing Indian Creek in Vernon Hills. The bridge was built in 1960 and carries an average of 509 vehicles per day. Last inspection was May 2008.
  • IL Route 21 bridge crossing small stream near Libertyville. The bridge was built in 1928 and carries an average of 23,800 vehicles per day. Last inspection was Oct. 2009.
  • Macgillis Drive bridge crossing Squaw Creek in Round Lake Beach. The bridge was built in 1974 and carries an average of 209 vehicles per day. Last inspection was Oct. 2008.

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

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