Uptown bridge 1 of 460 locally found structurally deficient

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NCDOT closes Kannapolis bridge for emergency repairs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Channel 9 received a list of all the dangerous bridges across the Charlotte area Wednesday just days after the state shut down a decaying bridge that officials have known about for years.

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The report details the condition of thousands of bridges in and around Charlotte.

Channel 9 anchor Scott Wickersham dug through the 300-page document and found the bridges of concern that people in the area might be driving across.

Wickersham found 460 local bridges listed as structurally deficient. The state Department of Transportation said they are still safe, but need repairs, are in poor condition or have insufficient load-carrying capacity.

That includes the bridge on Morehead Street near Carolinas Medical Center. It was built in 1945.

Thousands of vehicles cross it every day, right over the heads of walkers and joggers on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

“When I come down here and it’s raining, I can see crumbs falling. It floods down here on top of that,” said Chris Walker.

Also listed as structurally deficient is a bridge, built in 1955, where Statesville Road goes over Mount Holly-Huntersville Road.

It is right next to David Beatty’s barber shop.

“It’s a little bumpy when you ride across. It needs some work,” Beatty said.

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Mecklenburg Count only has 15 structurally deficient bridges.

Ashe County has the most with 65, followed by Union County with 44. Watauga County has 42 and Iredell County has 38.

NCDOT said it is investigating $800 million in bridge improvements across the state.

But to fix every bridge in need right now would cost $16 billion.

To view the full list, which also lists bridges that are obsolete and in need of replacement to meet current and future traffic demands, click here.