|Posted:||March 20, 2017 10:32 AM|
|From:||Representative Stephen Bloom|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Bridge Safety Priority Improvement Incentive|
In order to expedite and encourage urgently needed bridge safety improvements across the Commonwealth, I am preparing to introduce legislation that would amend the Prevailing Wage Act to exempt the rehabilitation or repair of a structurally deficient bridge from the requirements of the act.
As we engage in the already costly process of upgrading our aging bridge infrastructure, it only makes sense to find ways to control unnecessary taxpayer costs wherever possible. To help eliminate unnecessary costs for repairing and replacing bridges that PennDOT determines are structurally deficient (those that possess deteriorated conditions of significant bridge elements and a potentially reduced load carrying capacity), my bill will waive the requirements of the Prevailing Wage Act.
Of course, federal prevailing wage requirements (Davis-Bacon Act) will still apply to bridge projects that rely on federal taxpayer dollars. According to PennDOT:
I hope you will join me by cosponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as HB1227