Robinson Issues Statement on Concealment of Bridge Inspection Notes

ALLEGHENY – State Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) issued the following statement regarding the Wolf Administration’s removal of bridge inspection reports for public access:

“The Wolf Administration has just demonstrated another appalling example of irresponsible government. Faced with the collapse of a major bridge, it has sealed off public access to all bridge safety inspection notes, claiming the public might not understand them. What the public absolutely understands is that thousands of our bridges are in dangerous condition, and the proof lies in the rubble of the Fern Hollow Bridge. Now, Pennsylvanians are deprived of their right to know which bridges are hazardous.

“Hiding these reports denies our citizens the opportunity to do what Wolf’s PennDOT did not – act for public safety before a disaster happens. This breach of the public trust reveals an administration with no regard for the public’s right to know, nor their right to be safe. If Gov. Wolf will not overturn this reckless and irresponsible misdeed, the legislature must act accordingly.”

 

Contact: Elizabeth Weitzel