In a scene that will be repeated hundreds of times over the next three years, a small bridge in Pennsylvania is being replaced.
Close to a highway overpass in Bartonsville and spanning a sparkling stream, the bridge is part of an innovative solution the state is taking to solve a big problem. With 4,200 structurally deficient bridges, the Keystone State has the dubious honor of having the highest number of these faulty spans in the country.
"While the number is the lowest it's ever been, it's still a lot of bridges so we had to work hard and aggressively to reduce that number even further," said Leslie Richards, Pennsylvania's secretary of transportation.
So this year, the state has launched the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, an $899 million public-private partnership that will replace 558 bridges in the state over three years.