State of Our Roads & Bridges

624 miles of Alabama’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving two round trips between Birmingham and Atlanta, Georgia — are in poor condition.

Driving on poor roads costs the average Alabama motorist $321 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

1,388 bridges in Alabama are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 914,680 times each day.

Placed end-to-end, there are 25 miles of structurally deficient bridges in Alabama. Over 1,000 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in Alabama spent $718 million on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.