Pennsylvania transportation commission seeks input on long-term updates

| 10/23/2009

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 as the State Transportation Commission prepares to update transportation plans. The commission has been 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.

Two hearings were held in early October and one more is scheduled for early November at the following location:

Thursday, Nov. 5 – Pittsburgh, Regional Enterprise Tower, 425 Sixth Ave., 31st Floor Conference Room. Tentative start time is 8:30 a.m.

Oral testimony will be accepted in person at the public hearing. To schedule oral testimony, contact the State Transportation Commission at 717-787-2913 at least one week before the hearing date.

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.

– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor