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Influx of federal funding from infrastructure law allows PennDOT to reallocate funds, make vital repairs to additional, critical projects

McKees Rocks Bridge, West End Bridge, Fort Duquesne Bridge all receiving repairs and upgrades

Infrastructure law has delivered more than $1 billion to repair Pennsylvania bridges

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced $132 million for three major Pittsburgh bridges: the McKees Rocks Bridge is receiving $25 million; the West End Bridge is receiving $47 million; and the Fort Duquesne Bridge is receiving $60 million. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is directly funding the McKees Rocks Bridge and Fort Duquesne Bridge projects.

“The infrastructure law is making Pittsburgh’s many bridges safer for the thousands of residents, commuters, and travelers who rely on them every day,” said Senator Casey. “The McKees Rocks, West End, and Fort Duquesne Bridges are vital to keeping the City of Pittsburgh moving. When we improve the condition of our bridges, we strengthen the region’s economy and make the City of Bridges easier to navigate.”

This funding will enable the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to make critical repairs to the bridges, including repainting their superstructures, fixing steel components, and repairing and replacing joints and bearings. This work will enhance the bridges’ structural integrity and longevity and provide a smoother traveling experience. The infrastructure law, which Senator Casey voted to pass, has not only funded improvements to hundreds of bridges, but has enabled PennDOT to reallocate existing funding to additional bridges in Pittsburgh and across the Commonwealth.

The $132 million in funding will ultimately promote economic growth for the surrounding communities. For example, the West End Bridge connects the West End and points south to Chateau and the rest of the North Side; the McKees Rocks Bridge serves as a vital artery for industrial freight and commuters; and the Fort Duquesne Bridge connects downtown Pittsburgh to points north, east, and west, ferrying commerce, travelers, and Pittsburgh sports fans on game day.