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All Pa. Truss Bridges To Be Re-Inspected

State Transportation Secretary Allen D. Biehler announced August 3 that PennDOT is taking immediate action to re-inspect 54 steel deck truss bridges by the end of November. Biehler said PennDOT is mobilizing its in-house team of more than 100 bridge inspectors and will be reaching out to engineering firms across the state to supplement its own bridge inspections team.

September 17, 2007

State Transportation Secretary Allen D. Biehler announced August 3 that PennDOT is taking immediate action to re-inspect 54 steel deck truss bridges by the end of November. Biehler said PennDOT is mobilizing its in-house team of more than 100 bridge inspectors and will be reaching out to engineering firms across the state to supplement its own bridge inspections team. Initial estimates are that the effort is expected to cost roughly $2 million. In the past four years, Pennsylvania has made significant state investments in its bridges. Last year, PennDOT invested an unprecedented $558 million in 867 bridge projects statewide with $133 million being spent on bridge preservation and the remaining $425 million devoted to rehabilitating and replacing structurally deficient bridges. Despite the record level of investments since 2003, Pennsylvania has the largest number of structurally deficient bridges in the nation — nearly 6,000 statewide.

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