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More Than 50,000 US Bridges Deemed 'Structurally Deficient'

The nation's infrastructure is expected to be a topic of President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address Tuesday night

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    Tens of thousands of bridges across the United States — enough to nearly stretch from New York City to Miami if laid end to end — have been deemed "structurally deficient," according to a new report.

    NBC News found cases where pieces of bridges fell to the roadway, endangering drivers like Mike Peterson, who wasn't seriously hurt when a chunk of one Utah bridge smashed through his windshield.

    "Another six to eight inches, you might not be talking to me today," Peterson said.

    The American Road & Transportation Builders Association combed through government data to find that 54,259 American bridges are structurally deficient. The nation's infrastructure is expected to be a topic of President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address Tuesday night.