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AAA ranks some Upstate, western NC bridges worst in state

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One lane of U.S. 25 is blocked to northbound traffic. (May 30, 2013/FOX Carolina) One lane of U.S. 25 is blocked to northbound traffic. (May 30, 2013/FOX Carolina)

Between age and weekly traffic, AAA of the Carolinas ranked four Upstate bridges among some of the worst in the state.

Every year, the automobile club ranks the most substandard bridges in both South Carolina and North Carolina based on federal reports and daily traffic.

In 2013, AAA ranked the Top 20 substandard bridges out of the hundreds of poorly maintained bridges across the state. The rankings included four bridges in Greenville and Spartanburg counties on popular highways as some of the worst.

Ranked ninth and 11th were two Interstate 85 bridges in Spartanburg County, crossing over Southern Railroad line and S-42-995 and over S-2. Both bridges were built 60 years ago and are on the approved replacement list, according to AAA.

In Greenville County, two bridges along U.S. 29 were ranked 13th and 14th, crossing over Mountain Creek and the Enoree River respectively. Both of the bridges were built 74 years ago, but have no work scheduled for them, according to AAA.

According to AAA, bridges may be considered "structurally deficient" if they're in relatively poor physical condition and/or are inadequate to handle truck weight. They may also be labeled "functionally obsolete" is defined as having inadequate design for current traffic volume.

All four Upstate bridges are considered structurally deficient while only the S-42-995 bridge is considered functionally obsolete, according to AAA. AAA said they also all receive an average weekly traffic of more than 219,000 cars.

According to the AAA 2013 report, the highest number of substandard bridges are located in Spartanburg (137) and Greenville (134), Charleston (115) and Anderson (97). However, the counties with the highest percentage of substandard bridges are not located in the Upstate.

In western North Carolina, two Buncombe County bridges made North Carolina's Top 20 list. The eastbound Interstate 26 bridge crossing over Hominy Creek and SR 3431 was ranked fifth. That bridge was build in 1966 and is scheduled to be replaced in 2016, according to AAA.

The bridge along I-26 westbound crossing over SR 3495 was ranked 14th. That bridge was actually built in 2012 as part of an interstate project and is scheduled to be replaced in 2019, AAA said.

While another Upstate bridge did not make the Top 20 list, a bridge along U.S. 25 is under repair after a large hole formed on Thursday, prompting a temporary detour and lane closure while it's repaired.

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