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PennDOT gears up to tackle massive project to Pa. bridges

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 9, 2014 7:16 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- As the spring construction season approaches, PennDOT is assessing how many bridges in need of repairs across the state will get attention.b

Secretary Barry Schoch says Pennsylvania is home to more than four-thousand structurally deficient bridges and another 11-thousand that are considered borderline.

"We have another 11,000 that can take an 80,000 pound load and not a pound more. We have to keep working on those to make sure they don't become structurally-deficient or become weight restricted," he says. "So, our bridge program goes well beyond...and problem...goes well beyond just the structurally deficient bridges."

Schoch cites a Harrisburg bridge as an example of the challenges facing the agency.

"The Mulberry Street Bridge was the one that had the chunk of concrete that ...several chunks, unfortunately that fell off," he says. "That scene, unfortunately, repeats itself around the commonwealth. We've got a lot of older bridges that we need to work on and you're going to see a lot of work this spring."

A portion of the commonwealth's $2.3 billion transportation funding measure will fund construction and repair efforts on on hundreds of deficient and dangerous bridges.

Schoch recently discussed a host of transportation issues on witf's Smart Talk.

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