NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An analysis of federal data shows that Tennessee ranks eighth best in maintaining its bridges.
The group Transportation for America released its rating Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The organization said Tennessee has a "fix-it-first" commitment to ensure that existing bridges are maintained before new ones are built.
A report from the organization said the Tennessee Department of Transportation has prioritized bridge repair and has an aggressive program for identifying problems in bridges before those maintenance problems become serious.
However, the report said many bridges in the state are rapidly nearing the end of their design life.
Transportation for America describes itself as the largest, most diverse coalition working on transportation reform today.
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