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Concrete from the I-76 Overpass Above Klemm Ave. Falls on to Roadway, Street Now Open

The condition of that overpass was listed by the federal government in 2013 as one of the most dangerous in the United States


I-76 Overpass that spans Klemm Avenue in Gloucester City looking east towards Route 130 south
(CNBNews file photo)

 William E. Cleary Sr.

{CNBNewsnet}GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (June 10, 2016) --Earlier today the New Jersey Department of Transportation closed down Klemm Avenue in Gloucester City to vehicular and pedestrian traffic between U.S. Rt. 130 South and Orlando Avenue due to an unsafe traffic condition.

That section of Klemm is now opened, police said.

According to the Gloucester City police, crumbling concrete from the road surface on the I-76 overpass over Klemm Avenue was falling onto the street below.   

On May 24, 2013, before the Memorial Day weekend NBC News did a report on the poor conditions of bridges across the United States. Using information from Nationalbridges.com, a website that analyzes data in the Federal Highway Administration's national bridge inventory, reporter Elaine Thompson listed six bridges that were unsafe.  Six bridges/overpasses were named in the article as "structurally deficient".  Listed at number one was 1-76 overpass over Klemm Avenue in Gloucester City.

From the article:

This weekend, millions will cross 66,000 bridges that the federal government has deemed "structurally deficient," meaning key elements are in poor condition.

The Federal Highway Administration hastens to note that label doesn't mean they are unsafe or in danger of collapse, but transportation advocates say it highlights a growing crisis of aging infrastructure, deferred maintenance and rebuilding, and design flaws.

Here are six crossings, together used by more than 1 million vehicles each day, that don't make the grade:

I-76 over Klemm Ave. in Gloucester, N.J.: The deck and superstructure are in poor condition on this 11-lane interstate overpass that dates to 1956. More than 191,000 vehicles use it every day, and $30 million has been earmarked for deck replacement.

IS-695 over Milford Mill Road in Baltimore, Md.: Built in 1961 and reconstructed in 1979, this eight-lane overpass on the Baltimore Beltway has a deck and substructure in poor condition. But good news for nearly 190,000 vehicles that cross each day: It will be replaced in a two-year project starting this summer.

Halona St. Bridge in Honolulu, Hawaii: Built in 1938, this slab bridge over the Kapalama Canal is not slated for replacement until 2019. Some 184,000 vehicles travel the two-lane crossing, which has a deck and substructure in poor condition.

I-70 over Havana St. in Denver, Colo.: This 10-lane structure, which has a deck and substructure in poor condition, is slated for a rebuild in the next few years. Built in 1964 and reconstructed in 1978, it services 183,000 vehicles a day.

I-278 approach to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Staten Island, N.Y.: On an average day, 182,700 vehicles take this overpass to a majestic double-decker bridge. The substructure of the two-lane approach, built in 1961, is in poor condition.

I-95 over Hendricks Ave. in Jacksonville, Fla.: The deck is in poor condition on this nine-lane section of interstate that handles 121,000 vehicles a day. Built in 1959 and reconstructed in 1989, it is undergoing a replacement.

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