Energy - August 23, 2013

PA bridge weight restrictions going into effect

Yesterday PA Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch announced that new and increased weight restrictions will be going up around the state over the next six months.  The new signs will be seen on about 1,000 bridges and will ensure the preservation and safety of the Commonwealth’s bridges until a funding plan is in place for necessary repairs. reports that at least half of the affected bridges already have weight restrictions but the limits will be lowered even further.  Schoch said the restrictions are a direct result of the Legislature’s failure to act on transportation funding plan during the spring session.  If there is continued inaction, he noted, there will be even more bridges that will require limits.  The House and Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle have noted that transportation funding is a top priority for the fall session.  A list of the affected bridges can be found on PennDOT’s website under “bridge information.”


President in PA today

President Barack Obama will be making a stop on his bus tour in Scranton today.  He is on the tail end of a bus tour focused on his proposals for reducing the higher education costs.  The President’s first stop will be at Binghamton University in New York before he makes his way to Lackawanna College in Scranton.  Vice President Joe Biden, who hails from Scranton, will be joining the president at Lackawanna College.  There the pair plan to “lay out a plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families.”  The President also made stops in Buffalo and Syracuse earlier this week.