County Commended For Taking Advantage of 'Road MaP' Partnership
Harrisburg, PA – A local bridge improvement program announced as part of the Wolf Administration's Road Maintenance and Preservation, or Road MaP, initiative will make possible a partnership to rehabilitate a bridge in York County, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards said today.
"While we make progress on the backlog of maintenance needs on state bridges, we are using the new Road MaP program to help counties with their bridges," Richards said. "I commend the county and our regional planning partner for recognizing and acting on these needed improvements in York County."
The York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization on Thursday added a $3.3 million project to rehabilitate the West College Avenue Bridge over Codorus Creek in York to its Transportation Improvement Program, a necessary step as part of PennDOT's collaborative planning process with metropolitan and regional planning organizations statewide. PennDOT is allocating $2 million in federal funds toward construction, expected to start in 2020. The West College Avenue bridge, built in 1961, is structurally deficient and is posted with a 33-ton weight restriction for single vehicles and 40 tons for combination vehicles.
Through Road MaP, PennDOT is making opportunities available for counties who have taken steps to enhance their transportation networks by collecting the $5 vehicle registration fee enabled by Act 89 of 2013, the state transportation plan. Chester, Montgomery, Berks, Schuylkill, and Bucks counties are also leveraging the partnership for bridge projects in their counties.
The partnership makes available up to $2 million for each county that has passed a fee resolution, with a 50-percent local match commitment required to secure the program funding.
York County plans to invest $8 million in its bridges over the next four years.
"York County's 93 bridges are managed through a County investment strategy that ensures our most critical bridges remain open, and allocates resources to maintenance, preservation and replacement," said Susan P. Byrnes, President Commissioner for York County. "The Road MaP incentive funds will allow us to advance a $3 million rehabilitation of the West College Avenue bridge, which provides a vital connection on our transportation network within the Greater York area."
"Approximately a quarter of York County's 93 bridges are structurally deficient," said Felicia Dell, director of the York County Planning Commission and secretary of the York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. "The Road MaP initiative provides a way for York County to take action to maintain our bridges in a state of good repair, which benefits all residents of York County."
This component of Road MaP is aimed at addressing the needs of Pennsylvania's 6,477 locally owned bridges, of which 2,038 — or more than 31 percent — are structurally deficient. The need to improve local bridges was underscored when the biennial Transportation Performance Report, assembled by PennDOT, the State Transportation Commission, and the Transportation Advisory Committee and viewable at www.TalkPATransportation.com, identified local bridges as the only category receiving a "low" performance rating.
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