Statement by AMPP CEO, Bob Chalker on Today's Bridge Collapse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Today’s collapse of the Fern Hollow bridge near Frick Park in Pittsburgh is another stark reminder of the instability of our nation’s infrastructure. Our thoughts are with the Pittsburgh community and those affected by this disaster. Like this bridge, so many others in Pennsylvania and nationwide are listed in “poor” condition by state departments of transportation. While the experts have considerable work ahead of them to identify the cause, all too often it is extensive corrosion and deterioration which leaves a bridge vulnerable to this type of collapse. It is critical that action is taken to rebuild and reinforce the infrastructure so many Americans rely on every day. AMPP urges policymakers to engage corrosion and protective coatings experts to ensure best practices are used throughout the design, construction, and maintenance of these assets. AMPP’s thousands of members nationwide stand ready to serve as a resource for long-term infrastructure solutions.