National Infrastructure Report Card Underscores Importance of Swift Action in Repairing Nation’s Bridges

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Bridge design firm Modjeski and Masters responds to ASCE Infrastructure Report Card

In response to the release of the ASCE National Infrastructure Report Card this week, Modjeski and Masters released the following statement regarding the state of our nation’s infrastructure:

"Making infrastructure repair and maintenance a priority is our responsibility and obligation for today’s travelers and future generations alike. With one in nine of our nation’s bridges classified as structurally deficient, it is more important than ever that state and federal governments work together to solve the problem of transportation funding.

In Pennsylvania, Governor Corbett’s plan is a critical first step in overcoming funding barriers. With nearly 25% of our state’s bridges classified as structurally deficient, Pennsylvania tops the list as the state with the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges. We support the Governor’s efforts in uncapping the wholesale price used to calculate the Oil Company Franchise Tax. This could create an additional $2.7 billion annually for transportation projects. Implementing the newly passed Public Private Transportation Partnership laws would be another tool, which could stimulate transportation improvement projects.

We are making strides in the right direction, with the number of bridges classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete declining – but there is still much work to be done. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) estimates that to eliminate the nation’s bridge deficient backlog by 2028, we need to invest $20.5 billion annually, although only $12.8 is being spent today. State governments face the daunting challenging of identifying new funding sources to close the gap between what is currently being invested, and what needs to be invested, to make our bridges safe again.

We are committed to supporting our state and federal governments as they work to overcome this challenge by increasing consumer awareness, evaluating and incorporating methods into our designs that will decrease the financial obligation for future bridge maintenance and repair, and reduce the impact of bridge inspection, repair, and replacement on the traveling public. Together, we need to be committed to better educating the traveling public – whose patience and support are critical - about the need for infrastructure reform and the importance of repairing our nation’s bridges."

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