When 1000 of your bridges are in such bad shape that you have to put weight limits on them, the delivery trucks that carry goods to market can’t use those bridges and take other routes.
This is bad for a few reasons, but the biggest ones are that 1) those alternative routes then become more congested, and 2) delays in the supply chain create headaches for the businesses who ordered the stuff on the other end.
Obviously it’s all bad for all users of the transportation network, but I want to highlight the implications for businesses because this all adds up to slower job growth at a time when we’re trying to speed up the very slow pace of job growth in PA.
The PA House Republican argument against a higher gas tax is supposed to be that raising the gas tax by an imperceptible amount will supposedly hurt the economy. I’m sure that’s wrong, but even if you think there’s something to that argument, it’s clear that not raising the gas tax to fund all these repairs will cause more road, bridge and rail service interruptions that unquestionably will hurt the economy.