National Bridge Inventory: Georgia

  • Of the 15,034 bridges in the state, 293, or 1.9 percent, are classified as structurally deficient. This means one of the key elements is in poor or worse condition.
  • This is down from 494 bridges classified as structurally deficient in 2018.
  • The deck area of structurally deficient bridges accounts for 1.0 percent of total deck area on all structures.
  • 0 of the structurally deficient bridges are on the Interstate Highway System. A total of 96.9 percent of the structurally deficient bridges are not on the National Highway System, which includes the Interstate and other key roads linking major airports, ports, rail and truck terminals.
  • 1,554 bridges are posted for load, which may restrict the size and weight of vehicles crossing the structure.
  • The state has identified needed repairs on 13,739 bridges at an estimated cost of $12.1 billion.
  • This compares to 13,625 bridges that needed work in 2018.

County Year Built Daily Crossings Type of Bridge Location
Glynn 1986 22,740 Urban other principal arterial SR 25Se Torras Cau over Mackay River
Fulton 1938 19,790 Urban minor arterial Cheshire Bridge Rd over South Fork P Tree Creek
DeKalb 1958 18,960 Urban collector Houston Mill Road over S Fork Peachtree Creek
Wayne 1957 18,520 Urban other principal arterial US 84 (WBl) over Little Mcmillan Creek
Richmond 1996 12,500 Rural local road Chamberlain Ave over Butler Creek Trib
DeKalb 1965 9,560 Urban collector Cedar Grove Road over Ns Railroad
Bibb 1935 9,230 Urban minor arterial Tucker Road over Rocky Creek
Clayton 1932 8,420 Urban minor arterial Rex Circle over Big Cotton Indian Creek
Brantley 1964 7,120 Rural arterial US 82 Cor Z WBL / over Satilla River overflow
Fulton 1965 6,620 Urban collector Westview Drive over M-9131- White Street
McIntosh 1944 6,030 Rural minor arterial US 17 SR 25 over Darien River
Floyd 1978 5,810 Urban minor arterial Kingston Avenue over Ns Railroad (719097
Chatham 1922 5,740 Urban other principal arterial Ocean Highway over Middle River
Floyd 1931 5,580 Urban minor arterial Calhoun Road over Zuber Creek
Newton 1964 4,960 Rural major collector SR 212 over Lake Jackson(Ocmulgee R)
Catoosa 1961 4,950 Urban minor arterial Post Road (M-1110) over I-75
Gilmer 1940 3,690 Rural major collector SR 52 over Licklog Creek
Chatham 1922 3,570 Urban other principal arterial Houlihan Bridge over Savannah River
Polk 1918 3,450 Urban collector College Street over CSX Railroad
Murray 1910 3,230 Rural major collector US 76/SR 282 over Rock Creek
Floyd 1974 3,210 Urban local road Walnut Avenue over Ns Railroad(719109G)
Stephens 1950 2,810 Urban minor arterial Pond Street over Norfolk South Railroad
Meriwether 1955 2,270 Rural minor arterial SR 85 Alt over Cane Creek
Upson 1966 2,270 Rural major collector Hannahs Mill Road over Potato Creek
Washington 1981 2,250 Urban minor arterial Fas 1273 Spur over Nor. Sou. RR- Cr 213
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 432 798,644 15,114,164 0 0 0
Rural arterial 1,029 1,119,320 7,060,097 3 3,137 9,960
Rural minor arterial 1,387 1,010,943 5,427,160 3 8,732 10,090
Rural major collector 2,652 1,153,574 3,706,929 34 15,872 32,480
Rural minor collector 1,182 316,934 623,775 45 10,005 19,430
Rural local road 3,414 668,703 1,380,729 172 26,959 60,322
Urban Interstate 617 1,328,699 53,695,636 0 0 0
Urban freeway/expressway 233 373,838 10,240,310 0 0 0
Urban other principal arterial 853 1,381,350 16,671,744 4 29,333 50,570
Urban minor arterial 1,260 1,247,495 15,166,626 9 4,389 60,740
Urban collector 615 426,852 3,950,474 5 3,479 39,310
Urban local road 1,360 746,905 5,133,474 18 3,954 25,092
Total 15,034 10,573,255 138,171,118 293 105,860 307,994
Type of Work Number of Bridges Cost to Repair
(in millions)
Daily Crossings Area of Bridges
(sq. meters)
Bridge replacement 1,301 $1,052 4,497,893 577,616
Widening & rehabilitation 1,079 $769 6,999,636 621,321
Rehabilitation 95 $101 418,640 81,042
Deck rehabilitation/replacement 232 $384 1,745,763 309,508
Other structural work 11,032 $9,831 106,472,840 7,910,182
Total 13,739 $12,137 120,134,772 9,499,668

About the data:

Data and cost estimates are from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Bridge Inventory (NBI), downloaded on February 1, 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 2021 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 2021

in the nation in % of structurally deficient bridges

1. West Virginia 20.0%
46. Utah 2.0%
47. Georgia 2.0%
48. District of Columbia 2.0%

Compared to 35 in 2021

in the nation in # of structurally deficient bridges

1. Iowa 4,604
36. Puerto Rico 312
37. Georgia 293
38. Maryland 251

Compared to 51 in 2021

in the nation in % of structurally deficient bridge deck area

1. Rhode Island 17.0%
50. Nevada 1.0%
51. Georgia 1.0%
Full State Ranking


  • Source: Data is from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Bridge Inventory (NBI), downloaded on February 1, 2023. Note that specific conditions on bridges may have changed as a result of recent work or updated inspections.

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