State makes progress in fixing bridges, but report warns that may change without additional funding

Pennsylvania has made substantial progress in reducing the number of bridges rated in poor condition over the past 10 years.

But unless transportation funding increases in the next few years, the number of poorly rated bridges will begin increasing again by 2029, according to a study released Thursday by TRIP, a national transportation nonprofit.

In 2014, Pennsylvania ranked the worst in the country with more than 25% of its bridges rated in poor condition. Through a state funding package known as Act 89, the state has reduced the number of bridges rated in poor condition to about 13%, said Rocky Moretti, TRIP’s director of policy and research…

Right now, Pennsylvania is staying even with the number of bridges in poor condition through more than $4 billion in federal stimulus money, which has increased Pennsylvania Department of Transportation funding by 46%.

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