2011-09-08 / Local & State

Some Older Pa. Bridges Among State’s Strongest

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania has more than double the national average rate of structurally deficient bridges, but they aren’t always the older ones.

In fact, more than 40 bridges that are more than a century old have strong ratings by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

And The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News says more than 70 built since 1980 have poor ratings.

Officials say there are more than 5,000 structurally deficient bridges in the commonwealth despite expenditure of more than $2.7 billion since 2008 to repair and rebuild bridges.

An advisory panal recently warned that more bridges are becoming structurally deficient each year than the state can afford to repair or replace.

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