Pennsylvania House advances bridge flood relief

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 4/3/2012

A bill halfway through the Pennsylvania statehouse would provide millions of dollars to pay for repairs to bridges in parts of the state affected by flooding that resulted last summer from either Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee.

The House voted 193-3 to advance a bill that would authorize $49.5 million to fix or replace bridges that were damaged or destroyed by flood waters during the August and September storms. The bill – HB1915 – now moves to the Senate.

Projects in 14 counties have been identified in eastern and central Pennsylvania to benefit from the flood money.

Revenue to pay for the work would be routed from the state’s motor license fund. Federal disaster-aid money would be supplemented.

Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, said the bill would enable flood-damaged communities to access the funding needed to complete state bridge repairs.

“This legislation will allow Pennsylvania to take full advantage of federal disaster relief funds for our communities desperately in need of bridge repair assistance,” Rep. Karen Boback, the bill’s sponsor, said in a statement.

Before funding is made available to the state for the bridge work, Gov. Tom Corbett and the federal government would need to sign off on the plans.

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