In the weeks leading up to the state budget deadline, Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch threatened to put weight limits on 1,120 bridges if Gov. Tom Corbett’s plans to raise new revenue for road and bridge repair were not approved.
But on Sunday, the Legislature did what Schoch feared. It approved a 2013-14 budget that left Corbett’s proposal in the dust.
As a result, the transportation chief plans to make good on his threat, according to PennDOT officials.
Twenty-six of the identified spans are in Lehigh or Northampton counties, including the Route 22 bridge over the Lehigh River in Whitehall Township.
Weight limits can preclude heavy trucks, fire engines and even school buses from using bridges, depending on bridge size and capacity.