House adopts bill designating two bridges in 76th district

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, today said the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation designating multiple bridges throughout the Commonwealth.


Hanna said two bridges in his district were part of a larger proposal, S.B. 289, which designates eight bridges in total for the purpose of honoring the life and legacy of individuals who served this great country in various capacities.


According to Hanna, the language in his bill, H.B. 1270, which unanimously passed the House on June 5, was added to S.B. 289. The bridge that would honor Chief Petty Officer David Michael Collins is located at the junction of State Route 150 and State Route 64 over Fishing Creek in Mill Hall Borough, Clinton County, and would be named the U.S. Navy SOC David M. Collins Veterans Memorial Bridge.


In 1988, Collins enlisted in the United States Navy where he served in the first Gulf War, the Iraq War and Operation Enduring Freedom. After 25 years of service, David retired in September 2012 as a chief petty officer. On March 12, 2014, at age 45, he passed away in Virginia Beach, Va.


Hanna further amended S.B. 289 on the House floor to include a bridge honoring Centre County residents who have served or are currently serving our nation in the armed forces. The bridge is located on State Route 26 in Howard Township, Centre County, over Bald Eagle Creek, and would be named the Howard Area Veterans Bridge.


Centre County residents have served in every major United States military conflict beginning with the Revolutionary War.


“It is only fitting that we remember these heroes with a lasting tribute,” Hanna said. “I am happy to be able to contribute to our community in this way.”


Often times, instead of passing individual proposals, the General Assembly will combine all honorary bridge designation proposals into one legislative package. “That was the case today,” Hanna said. 


According to Hanna, if signed into law, the state Transportation Department will be required to erect and maintain appropriate signs indicating the designation to traffic.


S.B. 289, as amended, now goes to the Senate on concurrence.