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Sen. Bob Casey: $9.6M available to help repair burned Dauphin County bridges

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is sending $9.6 million in emergency funding to Pennsylvania for repairs to the Dauphin County bridges over Interstate 81 that were damaged earlier this year when a tanker truck crashed and caught fire, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said today.

The money is in addition to $2 million in quick-release emergency funds the department gave the state in May to get the clean-up and repairs started.

The state Department of Transportation has estimated the final costs to replace and repair the two bridges in Susquehanna Township could cost more than $12 million.

On May 9, a tanker truck from Cumberland County-based Tameric Enterprises carrying diesel fuel crashed on the westbound ramp from I-81 to Routes 22/322 and caught fire. The intense blaze irreparably damaged the overhead bridge that carried Route 22 eastbound traffic into Harrisburg. The ramp bridge the truck was on can be repaired, according to PennDOT.

Jim T. Ryan

Jim T. Ryan

Jim T. Ryan covers Cumberland County, manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jimr@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JimTRyanCPBJ.

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