Sen. Bob Casey seeking federal dollars to improve locally owned bridges

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey unveiled Thursday a bipartisan proposal to increase funding for bridges that are owned by counties and municipalities.

Casey said those “off-system” bridges are chronically underfunded, but that his proposal could bring more than $30 million to Pennsylvania for work on the structures

“Investing in our state’s crumbling bridges will create jobs and ensure our counties and municipalities have safe and reliable transportation systems,” Casey said. “This commonsense, bipartisan approach to investing in our infrastructure has a proven track record of success and I’m pushing for Congress to support this effort.”

Casey said there are 139 bridges in Centre County that are owned by counties and municipalities.

PennDOT, which recently released a list of deficient bridges in the state, identified five privately owned bridges in Centre County as among those in need of repair.

They are:

•  Wallace Run Road over Wallace Run

•  Lower Coleville Road over Buffalo Run

•  Hoy Road over Little Fishing Creek

•  Rodgers Road over Roaring Run

•  Shady Dell Road over Laurel Run