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State Senator Calls for Passage of Transportation Funding Bill
September 17, 2013
HARRISBURG- According to the Associated Press, the most recent federal National Bridge Inventory showed that 65,605 were classified as "structurally deficient" and 20,808 as "fracture critical." Of those, 7,795 were both, a combination of red flags that experts say indicate significant risk of collapse. A bridge is "structurally deficient" when it is in need of rehabilitation or replacement because at least one major component of the span has advanced deterioration or other problems that lead inspectors to deem its condition poor or worse. A bridge is deemed "fracture critical" when it is at risk of collapse if a single, vital component fails. Pennsylvania has the dubious distinction of leading the nation when it comes to "structurally deficient" bridges with 5,453.

Sen. Teplitz says state Senators came up with a bi-partisan way to fund repair of state roads and bridges -- Senate Bill 1, which would hike motor-vehicle fees and fuel taxes to raise an additional $2.5 billion for highway and bridge repair, plus support mass transit in the state. The bill passed the Senate, but was blocked in the House. He's hoping both chambers will approve the bill during the fall session that starts next week.

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