WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTAJ) — Pennsylvania has the second-highest number of bridges in poor condition, and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced some changes will be made.
Governor Wolf, alongside U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg made the official announcement Friday, Jan. 14, that a total of $1.6 billion is set to fix bridges across the commonwealth. Pennsylvania has 3,353 bridges in poor condition, according to Casey. So, in 2022, $327.2 million in funding, which was a result of the infrastructure bill passed into law last year, will go toward repairs.
Pennsylvania will continue to utilize the additional bridge funds for four additional years. Additionally, they are able to compete for billions in additional funding dedicated to bridge and highway infrastructure over the next five years.
“This investment will better connect communities, stimulate job growth across Pennsylvania and make commutes to work and school much safer,” Casey said. “Thanks to the Infrastructure Law, we can expect billions of dollars more that will strengthen our communities and our economy.”
The Bridge Formula Program, which was established in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, is the largest bridge formula program in American history, according to officials. It has dedicated $26.5 billion to states over the five years of the law and $825 million for Tribal transportation facilities.