Nov. 03, 2022

HARRISBURG – A bill sponsored by state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) to name a bridge in Lemont, Centre County, after World War II veteran John W. Coble—later a PennDOT employee who died on the job in 1972—was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday.

“As we approach Veterans Day, it is important we continue to honor local veterans who put their lives on the line for our liberty and to free the world from tyranny and oppression. Like my father, John Coble served in the United States Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged,” Benninghoff said. “His life and death are also a reminder to be respectful of PennDOT and other employees working to keep our roads and bridges safe.”

Once the newly enacted law becomes effective in 60 days, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation shall erect and maintain appropriate signs at the bridge on Branch Road in Lemont that is over Branch Creek to designate the bridge as the “Private John W. Coble Memorial Bridge.”

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
Pennsylvania House Majority Leader
171st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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