Ballot highlights Pennsylvania’s ageing and collapsed infrastructure – CBS Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh (KDKA) – New research sheds light on the aging and collapsing infrastructure of Pennsylvania.

According to a national survey, the state has some of the worst highways and bridges in the country.

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The survey was carried out by TRIP, a non-profit organization for national traffic surveys. According to TRIP, traffic is increasing, but road conditions are deteriorating.

In Pennsylvania, a study found that 5% of interstate highways were in poor shape and suitable for the 11th worst brand in the country. Another category was structurally flawed interstate bridges. Pennsylvania was the twelfth worst 4% in the country.

“Infrastructure is not a one-off project; it requires reinvestment and ongoing investment,” said Jason Wagner, executive director of the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association.

Wagner said funding for the freeway is declining and suggests the state should start rebuilding with gasoline taxpayers’ money. Part of the funds is currently used to finance the state police.

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“We never advocate or suggest that they cut budgets. We finance the state police from a general fund or some other special fund for the state police. I suggest that, ”said Wagner from the Harrisburg office.

According to Wagner, it releases around $ 750 million annually and could help replace part of the highways. According to a TRIP survey, about 60% of bridges in Pennsylvania are at least 50 years old.

“Freight traffic and deliveries from light trucks are increasing and damaging our infrastructure networks,” said Wagner.

Our motorways also need to be renovated. In fact, Wagner said that Interstate 70 in our area needs extensive modernization and repairs.

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Wagner believes that repairs have to be made early, not later. Otherwise the upgrade will be more expensive. KDKA has contacted PennDOT to learn how to address these issues and is awaiting a response.

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