The overall conditions of state-operated bridges are improving, the state Department of Transportation said in a news release.
According to a quarterly report, 92.1 percent of the 3,288 state-owned bridges are in “fair or better” condition.
That equates to about 49 million square feet of deck area, the news release states.
In total, the amount of bridge deck area in fair or better condition would equate to a two-lane highway stretching from Seattle to Spokane, the release states.
It is also a 700,000 square-foot improvement from 2010, when 91.4 percent of state-owned bridges were listed as being in “fair or better” condition.
In addition, 17 bridges have had weight restrictions removed during the 2015 fiscal year, bringing the total to 120 bridges with weight restrictions, the release states.
The department is set to begin 44 additional bridge preservation projects during the 2015-2017 biennium, the release states.