Pennsylvania trucking companies are well aware of how many bridges can be found in Pennsylvania – out of all the states in the United States, Pennsylvania holds the position as the state with the third-largest number of bridges. With approximately 25,000 state-owned bridges in Pennsylvania, any legislation or approaches to infrastructure that affect these bridges also affects businesses concerned with PA regional trucking. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania also leads the nation in the number of bridges that have been marked as “structurally deficient”, with the average bridge age being over 50 years old within the state system.
This July, the Pennsylvania state legislature failed to approve a plan that would raise money for repairs for bridges and roads. As compensation, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be lowering weight limits on a number of the state’s bridges in order to extend their life and use. The DoT explained that keeping heavy vehicles off bridges can slow the deterioration. These weight limits, which would begin implementation during this year and would affect as many as 1,120 bridges, might result in blocking routes for heavier trucks that will be unable to use the bridges.
A list of bridges currently being examined can be found on the Website of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.