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.