Troubled Bridge Information

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinoisans who want to know about the safety of local bridges can't get the information easily.

The Illinois Department of Transportation won't release inspection reports that provide detailed information about bridge conditions.

Citing fears of terrorism, agency officials claim those reports are not public documents.

But some local officials will release inspection reports.

Douglas County, for instance, provided four years of inspection reports on a poorly rated Kaskaskia River bridge Friday when asked for them.

And bridge inspection reports themselves require some work to understand what they're actually saying about bridge safety.

An Associated Press analysis of federal transportation data found more than 15-hundred Illinois bridges have worse structural ratings than the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed last month.


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