Report: Pa. Bridges Most Unsound in Country

Twenty-three percent of the state's bridges are structurally deficient.

The Ben Franklin Bridge (Patch file photo)
The Ben Franklin Bridge (Patch file photo)
Pennsylvania's bridges are troubled, a new report says.

Some 5,218 bridges in Pennsylvania have been deemed deficient by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, a national transportation construction trade group.

There are 22,660 bridges in the commonwealth, the report says, which means that 23 percent of them are deficient. That places Pennsylvania at the bottom, nationwide.

What's more, the structurally deficient bridges are still in use, and those 5,218 bridges are crossed an average of 17,400,000 times a day.

To be considers structurally deficient, a bridge must have one or more of its key elements in poor or worse condition, the report says.

Which bridges do you think are the worst? Do you drive over any that need attention?
Frank Greene May 04, 2014 at 10:15 AM
What happened to the funds from the gasoline taxes earmarked for infrastructure maintenance? For that matter, throw in auto registration, driver's license and state inspection fees. As usual, the funds have been redirected elsewhere.
JoAnn May 04, 2014 at 11:15 AM
I agree with Frank Greene -- just like the casino's were suppose to bring down School and Real estate taxes and the lottery was suppose to help seniors hmm -- We, the people of the Commonwealth are being played and being taken for suckers -- let show them this primary season and election that we need 3 rd party candidates to run and get elected. NO MORE Dems'and NO more Rep. 's
JoAnn May 04, 2014 at 11:32 AM
JoAnn May 04, 2014 at 11:55 AM
http://youtu.be/7KbRkH1Tlrw On July 30, 2010 I realized what was causing our strange health problems, I looked under the boards that the Landlord had placed over the hole that he dug beside our mobile home and it bubbled, we had gotten sick from the illegal repairs that the landlord and others did and they dug a hole right beside our mobile home and broke a sewer pipe and never told me and never repaired, Someone from downstream heard of my son and I being sick and had called the Cameraman from the bedfordcountyfreepress.com. http://bedfordcountyfreepre... I later learn that the abandoned petroleum storage tanks on the property from the old Sunoco gas station that closed in the early 80's and were never emptied or removed and had leaked into the ground. The Sewage Enforcement Officer led me to believe he was doing an investigation, but I believe he lied and was working with the landlord, to cover his own Negligence as I believe he knew about the contamination and sewage malfunction there. When I was able to go to the Kimmel township meeting in May 2011, I asked why the SEO and had not charged the landlord yet and the reason they gave me was that "they didn't know who the property owner was" but they always knew and by law it is the responsibility of the Township and their Certified Sewage Enforcement Officer and if the SEO would had have informed me in 2007 when he was there on a complaint and told the landlord to have my mobile home removed from the lot this could have been avoided also, but no one informed me.
judy sanders May 05, 2014 at 09:25 AM
I've driven through almost every state in this country. Why are Pa roads the worst maintained roads in this country?


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