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Photos: Ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient

Big photos below.
Big photos below.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association has issued a report about the nation's bridges, and there are plenty to be concerned about in Colorado. As noted by Fox31, 536 of them, representing 6 percent of the total in the state, are considered structurally compromised, with 902, or 10 percent, deemed functionally obsolete.

As part of its Colorado profile, the ARTBA has compiled a list of the ten most traveled bridges in the state that are structurally compromised. All of them are in Denver or Jefferson County and at least three (the ones on 6th Avenue) are in the process of being replaced -- and that's a good thing, since they've registered a daily driving average starting at around 95,000 and going up to more than 180,000. Count down the photo-illustrated top ten below, supplemented by ARTBA data, followed by the agency's Colorado report.

Number 10:

Photos: Ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient

County: Denver Year built: 1958: Type of bridge: Urban Interstate Location: US 85 ML I-25 NBND in Denver Daily crossings: 95,500 Number 9:

Photos: Ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient

County: Denver Year built: 1966 Type of bridge: Urban Interstate Location: Tennyson Street, I-70 ML, Lakeside Daily crossing: 96,500 Number 8:

Photos: Ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient

County: Jefferson Year built: 1972 Type of bridge: Urban freeway/expressway Location: SH 121 ML, US 6 ML, in Lakewood Daily crossing: 101,000 Continue to keep counting down the ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient.   Number 7:

Photos: Ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient

County: Jefferson Year built: 1964 Type of bridge: Urban freeway/expressway Location: Garrison Street, US 6 ML in Lakewood Daily crossings: 102,000 Number 6:

Photos: Ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient

County: Denver Year built: 1965 Type of bridge: Rural minor arterial Location: I-70 ML, Pecos Street in Denver Daily crossings: 109,000 Number 5:

Photos: Ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient

County: Jefferson Year built: 2011 Type of bridge: Urban freeway/expressway Location: SH 95 ML/Sheridan Avenue, US 6 ML in Lakewood Daily crossings: 113,000 Continue to keep counting down the ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient.   Number 4:

Photos: Ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient

County: Denver Year built: 1958 Type of bridge: Urban freeway/expressway Location: Bryant Street, US 6 ML in Denver Daily crossings: 131,000 Number 3:

Photos: Ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient

County: Denver Year built: 1956 Type of bridge: Urban freeway/expressway Location: South Platte River, US 6 ML, West side of I-25 INT., Denver Daily crossings: 137,000 Number 2:

Photos: Ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient

County: Denver Year built: 1956 Type of bridge: Rural arterial Location: BNSF Railroad, US 6 ML, East Edge of I-25 INT. Daily crossings: 137,000 Continue to keep counting down the ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient.   Number 1:

Photos: Ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient

County: Denver Year built: 1964 Type of bridge: Urban Interstate Location: Havana ST, UP Railroad, I-70 ML in Denver Daily crossings: 183,000

Here's the full report:

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