Ten Busiest Dangerous Bridges in Metro Denver

The Federal Highway Administration's national bridge inventory data is out for 2015, and the news isn't good for Colorado — and neither has it improved much since 2014, when we last updated you on the looming infrastructure crisis in Denver.

According to stats shared by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, 6 percent of Colorado's bridges (521 out of 8,624) are classified as structurally deficient — meaning one or more of the key bridge elements — deck, superstructure or substructure — or in condition deemed "poor" or worse.

Worse, 851 bridges, or 10 percent of the total, are considered to be functionally obsolete.

The ARTBA page focusing on Colorado lists the "Top Most Traveled Structurally Deficient Bridges in the State," and wouldn't you know it: The ten most problematic are all in the Denver metro area, and there's a good chance most of us travel over one or more of them during our daily commutes.

Continue to count down the top ten, featuring FHA data and interactive graphics; if you have problems seeing the images, click "View on Google Maps."

Number 10: I-70 ML WBnd over SH 35 ML, Denver
Year built: 1964
Daily crossings: 64,000

Number 9: I-70 ML EBnd over SH 35 ML, Denver
Year built: 1964
Daily crossings: 64,000

Number 8: I 70 ML EBnd over UP RR, Denver
Year built: 1960
Daily crossings: 64,000

Number 7: I-70 ML over Harlan Street, Wheat Ridge
Year built: 1967
Daily crossings: 90,000

Number 6: US 6 ML over Garrison Street, Lakewood
Year built: 1964
Daily crossings: 99,000

Continue to keep counting down the ten busiest dangerous bridges in metro Denver.

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