National Bridge Inventory: Georgia

  • The state has identified needed repairs on 13,740 bridges.
  • This compares to 13,676 bridges that needed work in 2019.
  • Over the life of the IIJA, Georgia will receive a total of $225.0 million in bridge formula funds, which will help make needed repairs.
  • Georgia currently has access to $90.0 million of that total, and has committed $90.0 million towards 54 projects as of June 2023.
  • Of the 15,058 bridges in the state, 239, or 1.6 percent, are classified as structurally deficient. This means one of the key elements is in poor or worse condition.
  • This is down from 441 bridges classified as structurally deficient in 2019.
  • The deck area of structurally deficient bridges accounts for 1.0 percent of total deck area on all structures.

County Year Built Daily Crossings Type of Bridge Location
Glynn 1986 32,900 Urban other principal arterial SR 25Se Torras Cau over Mackay River
DeKalb 1954 27,900 Urban other principal arterial Snapfinger Road over Snapfinger Creek
Columbia 1961 24,250 Rural Interstate I-85 NB over Hartwell Reservoir
Wayne 1957 17,800 Urban other principal arterial US 84 (WBl) over Little Mcmillan Creek
Richmond 1996 12,500 Rural local road Chamberlain Ave over Butler Creek Trib
Bartow 1949 11,900 Rural minor arterial US 41 over Two Run Creek
DeKalb 1958 11,800 Urban collector Houston Mill Road over S Fork Peachtree Creek
DeKalb 1965 10,400 Urban collector Cedar Grove Road over Ns Railroad
Rabun 1926 9,330 Rural arterial SR 15, US 23, US over Betty Creek
Spalding 1977 6,820 Urban minor arterial Poplar Street over Ns Railroad
McIntosh 1944 6,790 Rural minor arterial US 17 SR 25 over Darien River
Floyd 1931 6,180 Urban minor arterial Calhoun Road over Zuber Creek
Butts 1954 5,920 Rural local road SR 36 over Norris Creek
Brantley 1964 5,680 Rural arterial US 82 Cor Z WBL / over Satilla River overflow
Newton 1964 5,470 Rural major collector SR 212 over Lake Jackson(Ocmulgee R)
Catoosa 1961 5,360 Urban minor arterial Post Road (M-1110) over I-75
Chatham 1922 5,240 Urban other principal arterial Houlihan Bridge over Savannah River
Floyd 1978 5,220 Urban minor arterial Kingston Avenue over Ns Railroad (719097
Stephens 1956 4,980 Urban minor arterial Fernside Drive over Wards Creek
Gilmer 1940 4,880 Rural major collector SR 52 over Licklog Creek
Baker 1956 4,700 Rural arterial US 29 over Savannah Riv/Co Rd In Ga
Chatham 1922 4,280 Urban other principal arterial Ocean Highway over Middle River
Murray 1910 4,190 Rural major collector US 76/SR 282 over Rock Creek
Floyd 1974 3,550 Urban local road Walnut Avenue over Ns Railroad(719109G)
Jackson 1964 3,370 Rural minor collector Valentine Industri over I-85 (SR 403)
Type of Bridge Number of Bridges Area of All Bridges
(sq. meters)
Daily Crossings on All Bridges Number of Structurally Deficient Bridges Area of Structurally Deficient Bridges
(sq. meters)
Daily Crossings on Structurally Deficient Bridges
Rural Interstate 425 794,721 19,349,749 1 2,339 24,250
Rural arterial 1,036 1,136,844 8,549,011 6 12,271 24,560
Rural minor arterial 1,392 1,016,306 6,535,431 4 9,174 23,290
Rural major collector 2,651 1,160,905 4,380,872 26 13,933 34,740
Rural minor collector 1,183 331,032 799,609 23 5,623 15,975
Rural local road 3,417 671,261 1,385,922 140 16,862 44,983
Urban Interstate 628 1,359,731 56,267,727 0 0 0
Urban freeway/expressway 243 385,528 9,463,730 0 0 0
Urban other principal arterial 856 1,389,055 17,195,124 5 30,617 88,120
Urban minor arterial 1,250 1,248,191 15,658,052 8 3,463 34,814
Urban collector 614 428,379 4,378,138 5 3,479 29,320
Urban local road 1,363 739,188 5,848,916 21 4,009 21,202
Total 15,058 10,661,141 149,812,281 239 101,771 341,254
Type of Work Number of Bridges Cost to Repair
(in millions)
Daily Crossings Area of Bridges
(sq. meters)
Bridge replacement 1,296 $1,154 5,450,957 584,535
Widening & rehabilitation 1,059 $818 7,591,586 608,829
Rehabilitation 101 $114 498,844 85,301
Deck rehabilitation/replacement 308 $546 2,434,323 408,587
Other structural work 10,976 $10,498 114,761,010 7,869,965
Total 13,740 $13,129 130,736,720 9,557,217

About the data:

Data and cost estimates are from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Bridge Inventory (NBI), downloaded on July 3, 2023. Note that specific conditions on bridges may have changed as a result of recent work or updated inspections.

Effective January 1, 2018, FHWA changed the definition of structurally deficient as part of the final rule on highway and bridge performance measures, published May 20, 2017 pursuant to the 2012 federal aid highway bill Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Two measures that were previously used to classify bridges as structurally deficient are no longer used. This includes bridges where the overall structural evaluation was rated in poor or worse condition, or where the adequacy of waterway openings was insufficient.

The new definition limits the classification to bridges where one of the key structural elements—the deck, superstructure, substructure or culverts, are rated in poor or worse condition. During inspection, the conditions of a variety of bridge elements are rated on a scale of 0 (failed condition) to 9 (excellent condition). A rating of 4 is considered “poor” condition.

Cost estimates have been derived by ARTBA, based on 2022 average bridge replacement costs for structures on and off the National Highway System, published by FHWA. Bridge rehabilitation costs are estimated to be 68 percent of replacement costs. A bridge is considered to need repair if the structure has identified repairs as part of the NBI, a repair cost estimate is supplied by the bridge owner or the bridge is classified as structurally deficient. Please note that for a few states, the number of bridges needing to be repaired can vary significantly from year to year, and reflects the data entered by the state.

Bridges are classified by FHWA into types based on the functional classification of the roadway on the bridge. Interstates comprise routes officially designated by the Secretary of Transportation. Other principal arterials serve major centers of urban areas or provide mobility through rural areas. Freeways and expressways have directional lanes generally separated by a physical barrier, and access/egress points generally limited to on- and off-ramps. Minor arterials serve smaller areas and are used for trips of moderate length. Collectors funnel traffic from local roads to the arterial network; major collectors have higher speed limits and traffic volumes and are longer in length and spaced at greater intervals, while minor collectors are shorter and provide service to smaller communities. Local roads do not carry through traffic and are intended for short distance travel.

Compared to 47 in 2022

in the nation in % of structurally deficient bridges

1. West Virginia 20.0%
47. District of Columbia 2.0%
48. Georgia 2.0%
49. Delaware 1.0%

Compared to 37 in 2022

in the nation in # of structurally deficient bridges

1. Iowa 4,558
37. Maryland 252
38. Georgia 239
39. Idaho 235

Compared to 51 in 2022

in the nation in % of structurally deficient bridge deck area

1. Rhode Island 15.0%
50. Arizona 1.0%
51. Georgia 1.0%
Full State Ranking


  • Source: Data is from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Bridge Inventory (NBI), downloaded on July 3, 2023. Note that specific conditions on bridges may have changed as a result of recent work or updated inspections.

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