How Safe are the Bridges in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania?

With the collapse of the bridge in Minnesota many Pennsylvanians have been asking, ‘How safe are our bridges?’ One could infer since many of our bridges are generally going to be older, they may be in need of further inspection and repair than we previously thought.

Thank goodness we have PennDOT, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, looking out after our interests. Our tax dollars already pay for this state run authority and each day they are out and about checking bridges and roads so we won’t have happen to us what happened in Minnesota.

PennDOT was recently asked how we were doing? Were there any bridges or structures with which we need to be concerned? PennDOT thought if they released any information it could cause un-do concern!

Oh! Crap! We must be in trouble. PennDOT won’t tell us how we are doing even though we pay the bills.
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4 Comments so far

  1. Ahd Child (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 11:18 am

    Every time I ride my bike across the South St. bridge, I remember that not too long ago it was closed because large chunks were falling out of it. When that was being discussed in the news, they mentioned that the bridge was way past due for major repairs. I haven’t seen any major repairs happening.


  2. Andrea (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

    I thought the South Street bridge was closed, but it seems that it now just has certain weight restrictions. I know that many SEPTA buses detour to Walnut Street or Chestnut Street bridges instead.


  3. Jeff (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 8:06 pm

    Every time I head over to the University City Septa Station- it looks like there are pieces falling off of the bottom of the bridge :-X


  4. Sparky Duck (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 8:44 am

    The Inquirer just did an article Sunday on the worst bridges in the area. Did very little to make me feel better thats for sure



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