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Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, January 8:
Central Pennsylvanians are used to dealing with the challenges mother nature throws at us. Roads that need cleared when there's snow, branches blown down during thunderstorms in the spring and summer, and the occasional loss of power are inconvenient, but are usually temporary or don't last long. Living where we do, those kinds of things are expected.
But what isn't expected and becomes very frightening is when the street or road in front of your home collapses leaving a gaping hole in the pavement. That's what happened on North Fourth Street in Harrisburg over the New Year's holiday. A sinkhole cracked open under the weight of a garbage truck. Then another even bigger sinkhole swallowed the street as well. Not only did it make the street impassable, but it also disrupted water, sewer, and gas service to its residents.
The sinkholes were the latest setbacks for a city that has been battling a fiscal crisis and the perception that it is becoming more dangerous for crime.
Newly-elected Democratic State Representative and former city councilwoman Patty Kim was among those who blamed an aging infrastructure, that has been ignored, as the culprit. However, the question arises that in a city with a $340 million debt for an incinerator, how can its infrastructure be upgraded or modernized?
Rep. Kim and Today's the Day Harrisburg and Roxbury News' Tara Leo Auchey will appear on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss the Harrisburg sinkholes and what can be done about the latest Harrisburg crisis.
One other item to consider -- sinkholes are not only a Harrisburg problem. Sinkholes have opened on Route 422 in Palmyra on a regular basis. Infrastructure should be a concern for everyone.
What can we do about it when money is tight?
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Rep. Patty Kim and Tara Leo Auchey of Today's the Day Harrisburg and Roxbury News on Radio Smart Talk
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