Weight Limits Coming To 1000 Pa Bridges

08.01.13 | Bob Price

Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch told the Senate Transportation Committee that the policy is necessary given the legislature's failure to approve higher gas taxes and motorist fees.  Schoch says the rising cost to fund the state police and rising vehicle fuel efficiency is huring revenue from motor vehicles.  2200 state and locally owned bridges are candidates for new weight restrictions and about half will start seeing new weigjht restrictions this month.  This means potentially longer routes and commutes for haulers, school buses and emergency vehicles.

Schoch said the rising cost to fund the state police and rising vehicle fuel efficiency is hurting revenue from motor vehicles.

Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/weight-limits-coming-to-about-1000-pennsylvania-bridges-senators-told/-/121458/21260038/-/fu7rbv/-/index.html
Connect with us! Facebook/69WFMZ or @69News
Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch told the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday that the policy is particularly necessary given the Legislature's failure to approve higher gas taxes and motorist fees. Schoch said the rising cost to fund the state police and rising vehicle fuel efficiency is hurting revenue from motor vehicles. Quick Clicks County to remove 19th century bridge near Leesport Officials welcome PennDOT's efforts to revamp Penn Street... PennDOT to replace crumbling bridge over Indian Creek Plans unveiled for Penn St. Bridge After 2 years, new bridge opens over Bushkill Creek PennDOT shows funding plan it had kept from public Schoch said 2,200 state- and locally-owned bridges are candidates for new weight restrictions and about half will start seeing new weight restrictions in August, which means potentially longer routes and commutes for haulers, school buses and emergency vehicles. Just 567 state-owned bridges are already weight restricted. Pa. Sen. John Rafferty, who represents parts of Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties, serves as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. Legislation to fund transportation in Pennsylvania, which Rafferty sponsored, passed the Senate in June. It awaits action in the House of Representatives.

Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/weight-limits-coming-to-about-1000-pennsylvania-bridges-senators-told/-/121458/21260038/-/fu7rbv/-/index.html
Connect with us! Facebook/69WFMZ or @69News