Traffic update for Byberry Road Bridge
6/7/2019
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Traffic update for Byberry Road Bridge
 
I’ve received an update from PennDOT that boring work is scheduled to start Sunday night, June 9, at the Byberry Road Bridge over CSX tracks. The operation is expected to last three weeks.

It is associated with the engineering design of the new Byberry Road bridge. The work will require shoulder and lane closures. The operation has been coordinated through the city as Byberry Road is a city-owned street. The contractor is scheduled to work at night from June 9 to June 13 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. During the week of June 17, the work will be done during the day.

It's all part of the plan for construction of a new bridge over the CSX tracks. Construction is expected to start in summer 2020. During construction, two-way traffic will be maintained on Byberry Road by staging construction of the new bridge. Construction will occur over an 18-to-24-month period.


Continuing Support for PA Military, Veterans
In recognition of the service and sacrifice of active duty military and veterans in the Commonwealth, the House is always working to enact policies that help and support these men and women and their families.

This week, we approved House Bill 630 to extend Pennsylvania’s current employment protections to Pennsylvania citizens who are members of another state’s National Guard and are called up to serve outside of the Commonwealth.

We also approved House Bill 1050 to ensure an in-state tuition rate for military families as soon as a student enrolls in a public college or university, regardless of whether his or her military parent is reassigned out of the state. Both bills are now pending consideration in the Senate.

Finally, lawmakers joined with representatives of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to send off seven new vans that will help DAV volunteers transport veterans to their VA medical appointments.

For more information about state services and support for our military and veterans, visit the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website at  dmva.pa.gov.
 

Military Specialist at my Office

If you are a veteran or the family member of a vet and need help filing papers or applying for benefits, we can help.

One day a month I host a specialist on veteran issues who can help guide you through the process of getting the benefits you’ve earned by your service.

Call my office at 215-330-3711 to learn more and set up an appointment.
 

Measures Aim to Improve Mental Health Care Access
 
Working to strengthen communities and support Pennsylvania families, we are continuing our efforts to improve access to behavioral health services in the Commonwealth.

House Resolution 268 directs the Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) to assess the Commonwealth’s treatment capacity for mental and behavioral health care by studying the patient care and financial impacts of delayed emergency department discharge of patients with a behavioral health diagnoses, and the cause of such delays.

A second measure, House Resolution 193, calls on JSGC to study the shortages in the mental health care workforce that are leading to delays in obtaining treatment.

The House also approved a bill to clarify current law regarding consent to mental health treatment for minor children. House Bill 672 specifically states a parent can consent to care without a minor’s approval. While this is the intent of current law, there has been confusion among parents, minors and providers about who can or must consent to care.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
 
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