State of Our Roads & Bridges
5,972 miles of Texas’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving from Abilene to Washington, DC and back twice — are in poor condition.
Driving on poor roads costs the average Texas motorist $373 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.
1,008 bridges in Texas 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 2.6 million times each day.
Placed end-to-end, there are 34 miles of structurally deficient bridges in Texas. Over 2,300 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.
State and local governments in Texas spent $6 billion on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.