NC ranks 14 in nation for structurally deficient rural bridges

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NORTH CAROLINA - A new report shows North Carolina's rural roads are some of the worst in the country.

According to a National Transportation research group, 14 percent of North Carolina’s rural bridges are structurally deficient, ranking the state the 14th highest in the country.

Researchers also found deadly crash rates were four times higher on rural roads than any other roads.

Last year, Channel 9 asked if any bridges in the Charlotte area are in danger.

Eyewitness News found 23 bridges labeled structurally deficient by the State Department of Transportation.

AAA Carolinas ranked the Interstate 485 flyover bridge over Interstate 85 in northeast Charlotte one of the worst in the state.