Departing state Transportation
Secretary Bradley Mallory said Jan. 8 that planned road construction
projects should stay pretty much on course, despite the administration
change this month in Harrisburg, The Morning Call reported.
Mallory will retire Jan. 31.
The transportation secretary
told PennDOT officials gathered in Allentown that planning for major
road projects was strongly driven by local and regional officials.
After Democratic Gov.-elect
Ed Rendell takes office, “Don’t expect priorities to shift dramatically”
on projects, Mallory said.
Though public perception
might differ, Mallory said the quality of roads had improved steadily
and significantly over the past few decades.
Rendell has named Pittsburgh
area transportation consultant Allen D. Biehler to replace Mallory
next month. Mallory said he was confident his successor would continue
to move PennDOT forward.