The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has put new or increased
weight limits on 1,000 bridges around the state, a move PennDOT says
it’s making because of “legislative inaction” on transportation funding.
The restrictions, announced Thursday, apply to 530 state owned and 470 locally-owned bridges.
months I've been explaining to Pennsylvanians and to lawmakers that
there are very real consequences to not enacting a transportation
funding plan," PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch in a news release.
"Without additional revenues anticipated in the future, I have to make
the safe and responsible decision to reduce how much weight is crossing
these deteriorating bridges."
PennDOT says the new restrictions will move
Pennsylvania from 35th to 27th on the list of states with bridges that
are posted as structurally deficient or closed. The state already leads
the nation in structurally deficient bridges.
The state will begin posting bridges with weight
limits next week, but was expected to notify schools, emergency
responders and other local officials on Thursday.
To find out what bridges are on the new list, visit www.dot.state.pa.us and click on "Bridge Information."