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Four Pennsylvania Truss Bridges Deemed Seriously Deteriorated

August 16, 2007

HARRISBURG, Penn. --- After refusing to release state bridge safety ratings for months, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation had a change of heart and revealed this week that four of the state's 54 deck truss bridges show signs of serious deterioration.The Minnesota bridge collapse has renewed public concern about bridge safety throughout the nation and put greater pressure on public agencies to release safety inspection results.In Pennsylvania, state officials stressed that all bridges open for use are safe, but some may have weight or lane restrictions.The four bridges that show signs of serious deterioration are the eastbound and westbound spans across Six Mile Creek on Interstate 90 in Erie County, the Donald R. Lobaugh Bridge on state Route 356 in Westmoreland County (Freeport Bridge), and the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge across the Lehigh River near Allentown, according to the Associated Press.The bridges are scheduled to be replaced in the future at a cost of about $10 million to $15 million each. The replacement bridges will be wider, supported by more trusses, and designed to hold greater weights.
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