Major Pennsylvania bridge repairs are Made in the USA
Last week, we told you about the City of New York’s decision to outsource to China, the renovation of the Verrazano Bridge. However, we’re pleased to report that not every state or local government is willing to make the same choice.
The Harrisburg Patriot News recently highlighted the work going on in a steel facility in Lancaster, PA, where manufacturing workers are working steadily to produce the steel beams necessary to repair the state's I-81 Interchange bridge.
The bridge, located north of Harrisburg, burned two months ago, and High Steel Structures pledged to have replacement beams ready by the end of August. It’s worth noting that typically a job of this magnitude would take at least six months.
As Nick Malawskey reports, this is neither the largest job High Steel Structures has undertaken, nor the first emergency job. Of course, this raises the question: With companies and teams in place as capable as High Steel Structures (and the ArcelorMittal mills from which it got its steel) why do cities and municipalities keep contracting this work out to China, rather than putting Americans’ tax dollars to work here, in the United States?
Read more about the I-81 Interchange bridge project.
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