With Pennsylvania #1 in the country for structurally deficient bridges, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), joined by business leaders and transportation advocates, pushed for additional funds for bridge repair in an upcoming long term transportation bill. At Scranton’s Elm Street Bridge, which was built in 1958 and is structurally deficient, Casey released a new letter calling on Congress to dedicate more funds to bridge repair when it debates a long term transportation bill in the coming weeks. In Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties alone there are 334 structurally deficient bridges. During 2012 an effort by Senator Casey resulted in $74m for so called ‘off-system’ bridges owned by counties and municipalities in FY 2013.
“Investing in bridge repair will improve the safety of our region’s transportation system and boost our economy,” Senator Casey said. “Pennsylvania should not lead the nation in structurally deficient bridges. This is a problem that can be fixed if Democrats and Republicans come together around a commonsense approach to invest in our nation’s aging bridges.”