Former PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch, ever the realist, cautioned us for years that even with the passage of a transportation funding measure, our road and bridge woes would not disappear overnight.

Sure enough, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association recently came out with its annual report on structurally deficient bridges. While the Keystone State is making progress – we’ve reduced the number by 2,000 since 2013 – we’re still second in the country, both in terms of the raw number and in the percentage of structurally deficient bridges.

We are making progress, however. We were first in those categories in 2013. Moreover, after replacing 50 of the state’s bridges in its first year, the Rapid Bridge Replacement Program will hit its stride with 200 more this year.

News accounts of these developments are linked below.

Transportation Issue Update