North Carolina's roads and bridges are among the worst in the country.
According to a study by The Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank based in Los Angeles, the state ranks 48th in urban interstate congestion and 41st in deficient bridges. The state also ranked 29th for fatalities per miles driven.
About 70 percent of urban interstates in North Carolina were rated as congested, while 31 percent of the bridges were deemed structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
The co-chairman of transportation advocacy group N.C. Go! said the anniversary of a bridge collapse in Minnesota is a reminder of the need to invest in infrastructure.
"North Carolina is falling further and further behind," said Berry Jenkins. "Our bridges are aging out of usefulness and safety faster than we can pay to repair or replace them." (WS-N)