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Smart Talk: Keystone Crossroads - Bridges, PA-Canada relationship

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 14, 2015 12:58 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday April 15, 2015:

Wednesday's Smart Talk is about bridges, both literal and figurative.

Pennsylvania is ranked number one in the nation with the number of bridges that are structurally deficient.   Bridges link people, communities, states and nations but in Pennsylvania, many bridges are being worn down by weather and use, heavy trucks and road salt, over many years.

Keystone Crossroads: Bridging Our Communities is a TV program that examines the state of bridges in Pennsylvania and what we can do to preserve them by telling stories of a few of the state's iconic bridges.  Keystone Crossroads TV Producer Diana Robinson appears on Wednesday's Smart Talk with details.   

Also on Wednesday's Smart Talk is a figurative bridge.

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John F. Prato

Canada is Pennsylvania's largest international trade partner -- bilateral trade between the two averages 24.7 billion dollars. The Consul General of Canada, John Prato is on Smart Talk to discuss the history and future for the Canada-Pennsylvania relationship, and the Pop Up Canada! Initiative.

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  • Lisa img 2015-04-15 07:55

    Pennsylvania is ranked number one in the nation with the number of bridges that are structurally deficient in part because we have far more infrastructure than most other states. Time for PennDOT and local municipalities to begin downsizing that infrastructure. East Earl Township in Lancaster County will be spending 2.1 million dollars to replace a bridge that at a traffic study last year had only 25 daily crossings. Additionally it is redundant to 2 other bridges that cross the same waterway within 1/2 mile of this bridge. What a waste of money to replace this bridge. It should be closed and permanently removed saving taxpayers a lot of money in replacement costs and future maintenance, but because the local township is using federal and state money they have no incentive to do so. There needs to be more oversight in projects such as these with the state having some oversight in rejecting such wasteful projects.

  • FranGo img 2015-04-15 09:10

    Excuse me, but since spills like the one in Marshall MI and the grief experienced by our neighbors inn Marcellus region with health and environment, we have learned to trust no energy company. You, sir, sound like a paid company shill. Don't lose your religious fervor. It confirmed my suspicion on first hearing you on our trade relationship with Canada. My dream is that Americans make money selling you wind turbines and solar collectors.

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-04-16 13:23

    Michael asked...
    Are train bridges factored into the infrastructure rankings?

    How often are our brides inspected?

    • Scott LaMar img 2015-04-16 14:55

      Keystone Crossroads TV producer Diana Robinson responds...
      PennDOT inspects every road and highway bridge in the state at least every other year, by federal mandate. If a bridge has known structural issues, it can be put on a more intensive inspection schedule for yearly or even monthly checkups.

      The structural deficiency rankings mentioned in the show are for vehicular bridges. Rail bridges don't fall under PennDOT's jurisdiction -- they're inspected by the Public Utility Commission and the Federal Railroad Administration.