From left to right: Gail Landis, senior vice president of the Greater Reading (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce; Pennsylvania state Sen. Judy Schwank (D); Robert Latham, executive vice president of Associated Pennsylvania Contractors; U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D); and George McAuley, deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Associated Pennsylvania Contractors Executive Vice President Robert Latham July 2 joined U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) and others at a Reading, Pennsylvania, news conference to urge Congress to act on a nationwide transportation funding package.

“The federal highway user fee has not been increased since 1993, a span that covers four presidential administrations and several changes in Congressional majority,” Latham said.

Reading’s iconic Penn Street Bridge, a structurally deficient span over the Schuylkill River, was the backdrop for the event. A $42.5 million rehabilitation project that began in December 2016 is projected to be completed by the end of this year. The project is 80 percent federally funded.

Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District, represented by Houlahan, has nearly 300 structurally-deficient bridges.