The Trump administration has started to vet infrastructure projects that are of high priority, including 15 bridges on I-95 in Philadelphia that are in serious need of repair or replacement.
According to documents obtained by reporters from two McClatchy newspapers, the Trump administration has come up with a list of 50 “Emergency & National Security Projects” that range from bridge updates to massive transportation expansions. The total investment is $137.5 billion, half of which would be privately funded.
The White House has not yet commented on the leaked memo.
Philly’s 15 bridges on I-95 come in a No. 6 on the list. It states:
Description: All 15 bridges are structurally deficient and need to be repaired or replaced.
Authority: Pennsylvania DOT
Cost: $8 billion
Jobs: 15,800 Direct Jobs
Engineering: in progress
Permitting: in progress
Funding: seeking Federal
PennDOT’s plans to revive various areas along I-95 has been underway for quite some time now, under the project name 95 Revive. The interstate is unique in that of the 51 miles stretching throughout Pennsylvania, 23 percent of them are located on bridges, according to the website.
It’s not clear if the 15 bridges in this infrastructure plan are included in the 95 Revive project, which itself was expected to cost $1.1 billion when plans were first announced in 2010.
To determine if bridges are in need of repair or replacement, PennDOT rates them on a scale of 0 to 9, with nine being in excellent condition. Anything 4 or less means that at the very least, the bridge is need of repairs.
- Trump’s infrastructure plan may focus on these priority projects [Curbed]
- Emergency & National Security Projects [Official]
- 95Revive [PennDOT]