We’re No. 1!

Under I-95


If you’ve driven on the Walt Whitman Bridge, the Schuylkill Expressway around Gladwyne, I-95 near the SugarHouse Casino, or on the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Horsham and Fort Washington, you’ve crossed a certifiably decrepit bridge.

And a report released Thursday by a Washington-based lobbying group highlighted a dubious and familiar note about deteriorating bridges in Pennsylvania: No state in the nation has more.

According to the analysis by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, more than 5,200 of the commonwealth’s 22,600 bridges – 23 percent – are rated structurally deficient under federal guidelines, a classification earned when an inspector rates at least one aspect of the bridge poor or unsafe.

Structurally deficient bridges are not imminently dangerous, the group emphasized, but they need repairs. More than 63,000 bridges fall into that category nationwide.

Working to repair Glouco’s Paradise Road for its new role
Pennsylvania’s raw numbers and percentages of structurally deficient bridges are the highest in the country, the association said.

That’s the section of I-95 near my house. But I avoid the road whenever possible because the side streets are faster.

3 Responses to We’re No. 1!

  1. Ron April 25, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    More innocent Americans have died and will die because of Republican treason than all our wars put together. The whole lot of them are guilty of crimes against humanity as far as I’m concerned. And the first to be hanged should be the Koch brothers, Adelsons, and the rest of the 1%.

  2. susie April 25, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    I’m right there with you.

  3. Martigan April 26, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    We’re also #29 in the world in basic health care and #27 in the world in [K-12] education, because FREEDOM.

    See this Daily Kos article to find out how far behind we are on high-speed rail.


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