Feb 4, 2022 - News

Thousands of Pennsylvania bridges in poor condition

Pennsylvania ranks second in the country for bridges in poor condition.

Driving the news: A 50-year-old Pittsburgh bridge collapsed last week, taking down a city bus, hours before President Joe Biden arrived in the city to discuss his $1 trillion infrastructure bill.

  • Rescuers had to form a human chain to retrieve people. There were no fatalities, but 10 people were injured.

Zoom in: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has ordered a review for five bridges with construction similar to the Forbes Avenue bridge that collapsed last week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

  • One is in Philadelphia: the McCallum Street Bridge.

Of note: None of the five bridges are rated as "poor."

What to watch: Pennsylvania is slated to get $1.6 billion for bridge replacement and repairs over five years from Biden's infrastructure law.


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