As originally seen in Asphalt Contractor.
Pennsylvania has been the poster child for transportation issues facing the United States. A recent 60 Minutes episode highlighted the state’s bridge ailments. The American Society of Civil Engineers, in its 2014 Infrastructure Report Card for Pennsylvania, gives the state’s bridges a D+ and its roads a D-.
And yet, many states could be looking at Pennsylvania as a role model: Pennsylvania is one of the few states to step up and pass legislation to address its road and bridge woes. ACT 89 went into effect on January 1, 2014 – and in the one year since the legislation has become law, there has been progress made in reducing the total number of structurally deficient bridges, improving overall roadway quality, and growing the construction industry and improving the business climate. In this article, we’ll take a look at the legislation and the improvements it’s made in its first year.