State, local leaders meeting to address infrastructure needs in southwest Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH — State and local leaders have been meeting to discuss infrastructure needs in the wake of the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse.

This week, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee is hosting three hearings addressing separate topics. Leaders first discussed public transit needs during a roundtable discussion Monday.

Tuesday, leaders focused their discussions on the state’s bridges, first holding a hearing Tuesday morning at the Frick Museum and later traveling to the site of the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse for a tour and press conference.

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During Tuesday’s hearing, which was open to the public, leaders agreed that something must be done to address the state’s failing infrastructure, specifically the significant number of bridges that are ranked in “poor” condition. Leaders further agreed that the challenge is finding the funds to make all necessary repairs.

The committee has a third hearing scheduled Wednesday morning in Clinton to discuss the region’s airports. The roundtable is closed to the public.