Pennsylvania grapples with crumbling bridge infrastructure

08/6/2010 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

About 5,600 bridges on Pennsylvania state roads have been deemed structurally deficient by inspectors, a 22% deficiency rate that is nearly double the national average. Out of the 4,284 bridges in just the five-county area around Pittsburgh, 29% have at least one structural element in poor or worse condition. Required renovations would cost an estimated $11 billion, but a severe lack of funding has crippled repair efforts. The governor is calling on the legislature to address the funding shortage.

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