Pennsylvania transportation commission seeks input on long-term updates

| 10/1/2009

While there are efforts in Pennsylvania to allow the state to partner with private groups to get roadwork done and put tolls on Interstate 80, residents are being asked to comment on the long-term path of the state Department of Transportation.

PennDOT is giving citizens a chance to comment and offer recommendations over the next two months as the State Transportation Commission prepares to update transportation plans. The commission is working on the 2011 update of the commonwealth’s 12-year transportation program during a series of public hearings.

The program is updated every two years and serves as the state’s priority list for transportation projects.

Upcoming hearings are scheduled at the following locations:

Wednesday, Oct. 7 – Erie, Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier, Conference Room 140. Tentative start time is 9 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8 – State College, Hilton Garden Inn, 1221 East College Ave, College Hall. Tentative start time is 9 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 5 – Pittsburgh, Regional Enterprise Tower, 425 Sixth Ave, 31st Floor Conference Room. Tentative start time is 8:30 a.m.

Oral testimony is accepted in person at the public hearings. Although the deadline for oral testimony at the October meetings is past, contact the State Transportation Commission at 717-787-2913 at least one week before the Nov. 5 hearing.

Written testimony also can be provided by e-mail to, faxed to 717-787-5247, or mailed to State Transportation Commission, P.O. Box 3633, Harrisburg, PA 17105-3633.

All written testimony must be received by Nov. 13 to be considered for the 2011 update.

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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor

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