Report: Bay Area bridges in bad shape

October 19, 2011 11:52:36 AM PDT
A new report says hundreds of San Francisco Bay Area bridges are in bad shape.

The Contra Costa Times says about 21 percent -- or 380 Bay Area bridges and overpasses -- have serious structural problems.

The report released Wednesday by Transportation for America, a coalition fighting federal transportation spending, says the Bay Area has one of the nation's highest number of metropolitan area bridge structural deficiencies.

A deficiency doesn't mean a bridge is in imminent danger of failing.

But the coalition says it work or increased inspections are needed.

The analysis is based on a federal inventory database rating bridge pavement, structures and foundations in 2009, the most recent figures available.