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Act 13 At-Risk Bridge Funding Available from Counties

Friday January 4th, 2013

Townships with structurally deficient bridges should contact their county about Act 13 Marcellus Shale funding appropriated to counties for at-risk bridges.

Counties were expected to receive their allocations of Act 13 Marcellus Shale Legacy funding for repair or replacement of deteriorating bridges during the week of Jan. 1, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The funds, which amount to more than $18 million from the statewide portion of the impact fees on unconventional natural gas wells, are designated for replacing or repairing municipal or county owned, at-risk, deteriorated bridges (defined as structurally deficient or posted with weight restrictions).

Under the act’s statutory formula, every county is to receive an allocation that is proportional based on relative population, with no county to receive less than $40,000. PennDOT has granted counties the discretion to apply the funds to any county or municipal bridge on the Transportation Improvement Plan.

Click here to read Act 13 At-Risk Bridge Guidance from PennDOT, including 2012 payment distributions listed by county.