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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Casey Bill Would Increase Funding for
Bridges Owned By Counties, Municipalities

Washington, DC- As Pennsylvania struggles to upgrade bridges across the state, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today unveiled a bipartisan proposal to increase funding for bridges owned by counties and municipalities.

McKean County has the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the state with 96 of 221 (43.4 percent) listed as deficient, according to figures provided by Casey's office.

Casey’s bipartisan bill was introduced with Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and could increase funding for these so-called ‘off system’ bridges by about $30 million in Pennsylvania. During last year’s transportation bill, Casey and Blunt successfully teamed up to add additional funds to these bridges and this legislation will renew that effort. That effort resulted in $74 million being set aside for Pennsylvania bridges in fiscal year 2013.

“Investing in our state’s crumbling bridges will create jobs and ensure our counties and municipalities have safe and reliable transportation systems,” Senator Casey said. “This commonsense, bipartisan approach to investing in our infrastructure has a proven track record of success and I’m pushing for Congress to support this effort.”


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