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Audit: State DOTD needs to improve bridge inspections

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BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC) -

A performance audit released Monday claims the state DOTD needs to improve its inspections of bridges.

The report from Legislative Auditor's Office said the DOTD falls short on full compliance with federal guidelines about the inspection frequency and procedures that should be in place for making sure bridges are safe.

The state DOTD said it has plans to address all the areas where it is deemed in need of improvement.

The review of the bridge inspection program also notes that 14 percent of the state's 12,905 bridges are deemed structurally deficient by federal standards. "Structurally deficient" does not mean they are in danger of crumbling or should be closed. Rather, it implies that the bridges simply need work.

According to the report, 50 of the 457 bridges in Calcasieu Parish were declared structurally deficient. There are 23 structurally deficient bridges in Allen Parish, 22 in Beauregard, nine in Cameron, 54 in Jeff Davis, 60 in Vernon and 39 in Acadia.

The full audit, with a parish-by-parish breakdown of structurally deficient bridges, can be found HERE and http://bit.ly/1mVpg4z.

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