Call For More Funding For PA Bridge Repair

HARRISBURG – With Pennsylvania #1 in the country for structurally deficient bridges, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, joined by Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse and City Engineer Paul Francis, pushed for additional funds for bridge repair in an upcoming long term transportation bill. At Harrisburg’s 13th Street Bridge, which was built in 1965 and is structurally deficient, Casey highlighted a recent letter calling on Congress to dedicate more funds to bridge repair when it debates a long term transportation bill in the coming weeks. During 2012, an effort by Casey resulted in $74 million for so called ‘off-system’ bridges owned by counties and municipalities. Casey said, “Fixing structurally deficient bridges in Harrisburg and throughout southcentral Pennsylvania will increase safety and provide a boost to the economy.” He added it’s an issue that Democrats and Republicans should come together on because it’s a common sense step to improve infrastructure and create jobs.

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