Seattle not spending enough on its bridges, audit finds

Of 77 bridges in Seattle, only 22 are in good condition, a city audit found.

“Over the past 14 years, the average amount SDOT spent on bridge maintenance was $6.6 million annually,” city auditors wrote. “However, according to knowledgeable SDOT officials, the City is not spending enough to keep its bridges in good condition and avoid costly future repairs.”

The Seattle Department of Transportation’s $739 million budget makes up about 12 percent of Seattle’s $6 billion total budget.

Department officials announced in June that it has canceled more than $58
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