Bridge Repairs Detailed In Erie County
A number of bridges are being repairing bridges across Erie County thanks to a fee on car registrations.
Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper gave an update to the projects during a news conference this Wednesday at the Greene Township building.
Leaders from the County Department of Planning and Community Development, along with PennDot, spoke about construction progress on bridges that were made possible because of the five dollar fee. It's a fee that was added two years ago to car registrations. That money goes to the Metropolitan Planning Organization to help fix bridges across Erie County.
Two bridges have already been fixed thanks to the help of the $5 dollar fee. That includes one in Greene Township which is currently being repaired, and four in McKean that will be repaired next year.
Dahlkemper says a lot of the financial burden was also lifted, with the help of the state. She goes on to say, "In the beginning, the state said if you enact this $5 dollar fee, we will match up to $2 million dollars. So, our first $2 million dollars turned into 4 million."
Dahlkemper says she does not foresee the $5 dollar fee ending anytime soon.