PennDOT has been hesitant to release their bridge ratings for the state’s bridges as per here:
A Democratic House committee chairwoman is upset with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials for refusing to release numerical inspection scores for 54 steel deck truss bridges in Pennsylvania. Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Philadelphia, wants state Transportation Secretary Allen Biehler to come before her committee today and explain the numerical scores — ranging from a low of 0 (meaning very poor condition) to a high of 9 (excellent) — for each steel truss bridge, the same design used for the Minneapolis Interstate 35W bridge that collapsed last week.
She said PennDOT apparently is afraid that the motoring public won’t understand what the numbers mean and that releasing them might cause “undue concern.”
Being faced with the Right to Know law, PennDOT now says it will release bridge ratings for all to see.
Burghers, brace yourselves.
The fact that they didn’t want us to know, coupled with the fact that they don’t want to cause “undue concern” tells me that we’re going to be freaking the hell out because that report is going to look something like this:
- Fort Pitt Bridge: 1
- Homestead Bridge: 2
- Smithfield Street Bridge: 3
- Liberty Bridge: Are you kidding me?
- Rankin Bridge: Holy Shit! How did this happen?
- Parkway East Overpass complete with netting and regularly falling concrete type material: -250
Not to be all gloom and doom, but we’re all going to die.