With interest, the Friends of the Pond Eddy Bridge have noted your article, “PA bridges repair on hold, worst in the nation” (TRR, August 29-Sept 4, 2013). Your article raises the question: If in Pike and Wayne counties alone, 113 bridges are “structurally deficient” or “need work” (of 4,479 total such bridge problems in the state), why is the Pond Eddy Bridge replacement really such a priority with its latest estimated price tag of $11.5 million? That’s about $1 million each for the dozen or so families who will be the primary beneficiaries of this proposal.
We all know that the existing National Landmark structure can be restored to a reasonable loading given its usage, for far less than the projected $11.5 million. Your article also raises the question as to why the New York State politicians who support this project are so reckless with our tax dollars. Perhaps New York State should reconsider its generosity in sharing the cost of this project, or at least use the funds to help out Pennsylvania with its other 4,478 needy bridges, the ones where such help is really needed.
Friends of the Pond Eddy Bridge
Pond Eddy, NY
[Editor’s note: The bridge was nominated by Pennsylvania to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 in recognition of its engineering significance, and is also listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places.]