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Labor chapter meets today on McCall Bridge

Published October 14. 2011 05:01PM

Carbon County Central Labor Chapter will hold an event highlighting Pennsylvania Troubled Bridges.

The Event will be held on The Thomas McCall Bridge located on US 209 in Lehighton.

The bridge crosses Lehigh River between Lehighton and Weissport.

The session will be from 5-6 p.m. Members of the community and labor will be on hand.

Carbon County Commissioners William J. O'Gurek and Charles Getz will speak about deficient bridges and infrastructure

All across the country, our transportation infrastructure is in disrepair, but lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives propose to CUT funding for transit and transportation funding by one-third, said the labor chapter.

The Laborers International Union of North America estimates that such a cut would cost the nation 490,000 jobs over six years.

The Thomas McCall Bridge was built in 1938 and has a deck condition rating of "fair" (5 out of 9) The Superstructure condition ratings is "poor" (4 out of 9) and the substructure condition rating is also "poor" (4 out of 9).

The Bridge has been deemed structurally deficient, with a sufficiency rating: 36.0 (out of 100)

The Bridge is named after a former state representative, the lae Thomas McCall, who represented the district from 1975 until his death in 1981. He was re-elected to nine succeeding sessions of the House.

He served several terms as Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee before being elected Majority Whip for the 2007-08 session.

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