PennDOT likely to keep projects

| 1/15/2003

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.