HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Greg Rothman (R-34) to make state funding available for local bridge projects was approved by the state Senate today.
Currently, state Motor License Fund dollars are appropriated for the construction and repair of county bridges. While the funds are used to repair county-owned bridges, current spending guidance fails to note how the funds could be used for bridges owned by municipalities within said counties. As a result, municipal bridges suffer and go without repair while remaining funds go unused due to ambiguous guidance.
Senate Bill 799 would give counties the flexibility they need to fund local bridge projects.
“Maintaining safe roads and bridges is a core function of government,” Rothman said. “My legislation removes regulatory barriers and gives counties the flexibility they need to make much-needed repairs to both county-owned and municipal-owned bridges.”
Senate Bill 799 will be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.
CONTACT: Morgan Wagner