Bridge Deficiencies In The Peach State

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The report says this allows problems to worsen, potentially boosting the costs of patching up structures.

But, Georgia Department of Transportation officials say most of the problems are not likely to cause the bridges to fail.

While local officials recognize the problem, many say lack of funding is one of the main problems.

"Purchasing wetland points, screen points...That can run the cost of a modern bridge replacement or repair up quite a bit," said Tony C. Wooten, Thomas County Public Works Director.

During the Georgia Municipal Association's annual convention, officials voted infrastructure funds as the number one need in the state.