The American Road & Transportation Builders Association, a national trade association for the highway construction industry, has compiled a new report on the condition of the nation’s bridges.  Pennsylvania, which led the country in faulty bridges six years ago, has dropped to fifth in terms of the percentage of deficient bridges.

Robert Latham, executive vice president of Associated Pennsylvania Constructors gave the following comment:

“Pennsylvania has made significant progress in reducing the number of faulty bridges, thanks to the enactment of the transportation funding measure in 2013.  At the same time, we are facing a new funding challenge as improving fuel efficiency is decreasing fuel tax revenue, inflation is increasing the cost of labor and materials and transportation funds are continuing to be diverted for non-transportation purposes.

“More recently, the response to the coronavirus pandemic is further reducing fuel tax revenues.  We don’t yet know how much transportation revenue will be lost by the time people are permitted to travel more freely.  Restoring our highway system is an important component for economic growth and our future quality of life, and we strongly urge policymakers to address this issue sooner rather than later.”

To view the full report, visit www.artbabridgereport.org.