bridges http://wesa.fm en Study: PA's Rural Bridges Worst in the Country http://wesa.fm/post/study-pas-rural-bridges-worst-country <p>Pittsburgh is known as “The City of Bridges,” but a recent study by national transportation research group TRIP suggests that there are other areas in the state whose bridges could use a little more attention.</p><p>The study, published Thursday, found that the condition of Pennsylvania’s rural bridges was the worst in the country. Pennsylvania’s country roads scored slightly better, at the 20<sup>th</sup> worst among the 50 states. The fatality statistics were grim—Pennsylvania has the 10<sup>th</sup> highest death rate on its country roads of any state.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Kaye Burnet 32424 at http://wesa.fm With Funding Plan in Place, PennDOT Reconsidering Weight Restrictions for Bridges http://wesa.fm/post/funding-plan-place-penndot-reconsidering-weight-restrictions-bridges <p>PennDOT is reconsidering the weight restrictions placed on structurally deficient bridges in August.<br /><br />The restrictions came as a result of the Legislature’s failure to approve additional transportation funding over the summer.<br /><br />But with a funding plan now in place for road and bridge work, PennDOT spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt says the department can start re-evaluating bridge postings.<br /> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 20517 at http://wesa.fm Transit Activists Ask Pennsylvanians to Call State Reps About Transportation Bill http://wesa.fm/post/transit-activists-ask-pennsylvanians-call-state-reps-about-transportation-bill <p>The Pennsylvania General Assembly has just four voting days left this year, and they still have not passed a transportation funding bill. A Senate bill that would fund roads, bridges and public transit has been languishing since it was passed in June.</p><p>Now, a local nonprofit is trying to turn up the heat on key legislators by calling the constituents in their districts.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:44:08 +0000 Liz Reid 19714 at http://wesa.fm Stressing the Importance of Transportation Funding http://wesa.fm/post/stressing-importance-transportation-funding <p>Pittsburgh is sometimes known as the <a href="http://www.popularpittsburgh.com/pittsburgh-info/pittsburgh-aroundtown/bridges.aspx">city of bridges</a>, but without additional funding, bridges in disrepair are likely to be weight-restricted and mass-transit systems will have to scale back projects.</p><p>This month, legislative leaders are reportedly continuing discussions about transportation funding in the commonwealth and hope to map out a proposal that could be voted on by mid-November. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:10:35 +0000 Nick Frost 19304 at http://wesa.fm Stressing the Importance of Transportation Funding A Bridge To Pittsburgh's Industrial Past http://wesa.fm/post/bridge-pittsburghs-industrial-past <p></p><p class="p1"><b><i>City of Bridges:</i></b><i> The following report is the last is a three-part series examining the status of Pittsburgh bridges as the Pennsylvania Legislature considers funding for transportation infrastructure.</i></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 18917 at http://wesa.fm A Bridge To Pittsburgh's Industrial Past With Fixing The Greenfield Bridge, Funding's Not The Biggest Problem http://wesa.fm/post/fixing-greenfield-bridge-fundings-not-biggest-problem <p></p><p><em><strong>City of Bridges:</strong> The following report is the second is a three-part series examining the status of Pittsburgh bridges as the Pennsylvania Legislature considers funding for transportation infrastructure.</em></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 08:13:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 18618 at http://wesa.fm With Fixing The Greenfield Bridge, Funding's Not The Biggest Problem In Transportation Funding Debate, Iconic Liberty Bridge a Political Football http://wesa.fm/post/transportation-funding-debate-iconic-liberty-bridge-political-football <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>City of Bridges:</strong> The following report is the first is a three-part series examining the status of Pittsburgh bridges as the Pennsylvania Legislature considers funding for transportation infrastructure.</em></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:12:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 18612 at http://wesa.fm In Transportation Funding Debate, Iconic Liberty Bridge a Political Football Corporations May be the Bridge Between Government and Infrastructure http://wesa.fm/post/corporations-may-be-bridge-between-government-and-infrastructure <p>After the House failed to pass a plan to pay for roads, bridges and mass transit last June, there is renewed speculation about another possible vote on a transportation funding proposal.</p><p>Renewed interest in lobbying efforts stems from the imposed weight limits on over 1,000 bridges in Pennsylvania. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:50:56 +0000 Nick Frost 17372 at http://wesa.fm Corporations May be the Bridge Between Government and Infrastructure Casey Works to Close Gap in Bridge Funding http://wesa.fm/post/casey-works-close-gap-bridge-funding <p>Pennsylvania has 5,543 structurally deficient bridges; 86 percent are owned by the state.</p><p>Now U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has unveiled a bipartisan proposal to increase funding by 10 percent for “off-system” bridges — bridges that are owned by a county or municipality and are not part of the federal highway system.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Casey said all bridges in the commonwealth average 54 years old, and only 10 percent of them receive federal funds.</span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:31:09 +0000 Jessica Nath 16447 at http://wesa.fm Weight Limits Used to Preserve Structurally Deficient Bridges http://wesa.fm/post/weight-limits-used-preserve-structurally-deficient-bridges <p>Pittsburgh takes great pride in being known as “the city of bridges” but what most Pittsburghers do not know is that Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of bridges classified as “structurally deficient.”</p><p>Bridges are inspected at least once every two years in Pennsylvania and as the bridges are inspected they are given a rating from zero to nine. A bridge with a rating of five or higher is considered ok and a bridge with a score of four or lower is deemed structurally deficient. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:08:00 +0000 Nick Frost 15900 at http://wesa.fm Weight Limits Used to Preserve Structurally Deficient Bridges Business and Union Officials Call on Lawmakers to Pass Transportation Bill http://wesa.fm/post/business-and-union-officials-call-lawmakers-pass-transportation-bill <p>Labor leaders and organizations that represent businesses gathered Thursday under Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge, which has been weight restricted. The group is calling on the state House to pass a transportation funding plan already passed in the Senate. The consequences of doing nothing, said the group, would be disastrous for the city and the region.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:55:05 +0000 Deanna Garcia 15691 at http://wesa.fm Business and Union Officials Call on Lawmakers to Pass Transportation Bill Several Allegheny County Bridges to be Weight Restricted in Coming Weeks http://wesa.fm/post/several-allegheny-county-bridges-be-weight-restricted-coming-weeks <p>In all, 46 state-owned bridges in PennDOT District 11 (Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence Counties) will be posted with new or lowered weight restricted in the coming weeks. The move is meant to slow deterioration on the bridges as funding for major repairs remains uncertain. About 1,000 bridges statewide are considered structurally deficient, according to PennDOT.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:45:59 +0000 Deanna Garcia 15607 at http://wesa.fm With PA Leading Nation in Deficient Bridges, Senate Mulls Bill to Make Repairs http://wesa.fm/post/pa-leading-nation-deficient-bridges-senate-mulls-bill-make-repairs <p>The Senate is expected to vote this week on a budget bill that could rehabilitate aging bridges across Pennsylvania and around the country.</p><p>Pennsylvania leads the nation with 5,543 structurally deficient bridges, 86 percent of which are state-owned.</p><p>Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) says the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill contains several provisions to directly address bridge repairs and broader transportation priorities that are vital to the commonwealth.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:20:37 +0000 Kevin Gavin 14020 at http://wesa.fm With PA Leading Nation in Deficient Bridges, Senate Mulls Bill to Make Repairs