State struggling to solve storm aftermath with limited funds

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — Chanceford Township has continued to handle the aftermath of an August 2018 storm that flooded and destroyed roads and bridges.

“Following the event, we had 24 roads closed,” PennDOT spokesperson Mike Keiser said. “Within a week, we were down to six, and the two toughest ones left are really what it comes down to.”

The state has two more bridges left with continued delays sprouting from budget woes. There was $20 million in damage to just roads. PennDOT says the previous bridges that washed away were old and weak.

“All of our bridges are in the senior citizen category right now,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said. “The average age of our bridges is about 60.”

PennDOT wants to see money going to good use: rebuilding more durable bridges able to take on frequent storms and increased rainfall. Officials say that could require federal funding.

“Democrats and Republicans in Washington have to step up and do a highway bill that they haven’t done in 30 years,” state Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) said. “If they don’t step up, it’s only going to get worse.”

The state also points to a lack of federal relief aid after the storm. Neither the state nor county saw any federal dollars.

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