Saving money with weight limits

By Matt Hicks

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Saving money with weight limits

August 22, 2013 Updated Aug 23, 2013 at 1:33 AM EDT

Harrisburg, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials are bracing for an uncertain future of funding after a legislature stalemate in June.

PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch announced Thursday that weight restrictions will either be added or become more strict on 1,000 bridges across the state.

Schoch said the move is intended to save money by extending the lives of these bridges while the state invests to the repair 11,000 other bridges that are close to becoming structurally deficient.

"Every year, 300 bridges will age into a situation where they will become structurally deficient. It's a force of nature. I can't change any of that any better than I can change my speed on the basketball court," said Schoch.

Pennsylvania currently leads the nation in structurally deficient bridges.

Schoch said bridges are a top priority in Pennsylvania, both from the perspective of public safety and economic competitiveness.