Bipartisan Casey Legislation to Help PA Counties Repair Bridges Passes Senate

County-by-County Breakdown Shows Number of PA Bridges that Could Benefit

Casey’s Amendment Part of Job-Creating Transportation Bill to Boost America’s Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today secured passage of his bipartisan amendment to ensure that Pennsylvania’s counties are not left bearing the brunt of the cost for repairs to bridges that do not receive federal aid. The amendment passed as part of a bill to rebuild America’s transportation infrastructure and create jobs.

“Far too many bridges in Pennsylvania and across the country are structurally deficient,” Senator Casey said. “My amendment will improve safety and keep our communities connected, which creates and sustains economic growth.”

Senator Casey’s amendment to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act would establish a dedicated revenue stream through the Off-System Bridge Program for bridges that are not on federal-aid or the National Highway System.

More than one out of every four off-system bridges across the country is structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Of those, thirty-five percent are functionally obsolete.

Senator Casey’s amendment ensures that counties are not left bearing the full responsibility of the cost of their off-system bridge needs.  It gives states and counties the proper tools and the assurance of a steady flow of funding needed to maintain our nation’s bridges.

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act would direct nearly $3.3 billion to Pennsylvania over the next two years. A U.S. Department of Transportation study shows that for every $1 billion invested in transportation, between 27,000 to 37,000 jobs are created.   

A county-by-county list of the number of off-system bridges in Pennsylvania is below:

County

Number of Off-System Bridges

Adams

157

Allegheny

343

Beaver

116

Bedford

245

Berks

313

Blair

153

Bradford

241

Bucks

233

Butler

197

Cambria

118

Cameron

34

Carbon

50

Centre

139

Chester

286

Clarion

104

Clearfield

143

Clinton

77

Columbia

163

Crawford

211

Cumberland

130

Dauphin

170

Delaware

75

Elk

64

Erie

201

Fayette

174

Forest

25

Franklin

175

Fulton

91

Greene

178

Huntington

143

Indiana

154

Jefferson

113

Juniata

95

Lackawanna

107

Lancaster

415

Lebanon

124

Lehigh

159

Luzerne

157

Lycoming

213

McKean

101

Mercer

224

Mifflin

84

Monroe

135

Montgomery

244

Montour

61

Northampton

164

Northumberland

167

Perry

109

Philadelphia

94

Pike

70

Potter

118

Schuylkill

209

Snyder

97

Somerset

244

Sullivan

76

Susquehanna

160

Tioga

247

Union

91

Venango

114

Washington

215

Wayne

169

Westmoreland

226

Wyoming

82

York

310

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