Indiana is home to 18,551 bridges. According to the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 1,231 Indiana bridges are structurally deficient and another 411 are functionally obsolete, meaning more than 9 percent of all Indiana bridges need significant rehabilitation or replacement, while another 23 percent are in need of repair.
As a result, many of the state's roads and bridges can no longer accommodate farm machinery or semi-trucks, forcing farmers to take longer routes to legally reach their local elevator.
Old roads, obsolete bridges cut into farmer profits. Funded by the Indiana soybean checkoff, a recent transportation study shows that when infrastructure problems hold up transportation of machinery or commodities, farmers may be forced to detour costing farmers profit.
It’s estimated that a closed bridge can cost the average CRD (crop reporting district) $1.8 million.