HARRISBURG – To better inform Pennsylvanians about the critical challenges facing transportation and, ultimately, commerce in Pennsylvania, PennDOT has published a list at www.RideonPA.org of nearly 800 bridges that are either posted with weight limits or closed due to structural problems.
“The reality is that as caretaker of the third largest number of bridges in the nation, Pennsylvania continues to battle the effects on bridges of time, weather and insufficient funding,” PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler P.E. said. “With the average age of a bridge in Pennsylvania approaching 50, it grows more difficult every day to make progress.”
Over the next several weeks, Secretary Biehler will personally visit deteriorated bridges around Pennsylvania to call attention to the transportation funding crisis.
“While we never hesitate to close or post a bridge for safety, the bottom line is that when we are forced to take this action, it significantly affects commerce, emergency response and the overall quality of life for Pennsylvanians,” Biehler said.
Despite record investments in the past four years, Pennsylvania has nearly 6,000 structurally deficient bridges, the largest number in the nation. A structurally deficient bridge is safe, but in need of some repair to bring it to current standards. Many bridges that are closed or weight restricted today were previously classified as structurally deficient.