Pennsylvania's updated transportation plan benefits from new funds

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 9/3/2014

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has announced an update to the state’s 12-year plan for road and bridge work. The plan is updated every two years.

The State Transportation Commission approved the update, which includes a boost in funding approved last fall by state lawmakers.

During the next 12 years, the state expects to have $63.2 billion available for roads, bridges, transit, rail and airports. The previous update covered $41.6 billion in projects.

PennDOT Secretary and Commission Chairman Barry Schoch said that state lawmakers and the governor deserve credit for the new funding. They approved a five-year, $2.4 billion transportation spending plan in November 2013. It amounts to about 40 percent more than the state DOT now spends.

The new program anticipates $12.3 billion being available over the next four years for road and bridge projects. Public transit is in line for $7.9 billion. Projects to benefit the state’s rail-freight systems are expected to receive $228 million.

Road projects in the updated plan include:

  • Initial steps to the widening of U.S. 22 in the Lehigh Valley;
  • Start of design work for the 13-mile long Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway in Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties; and
  • Expansion of the Conchester Highway (U.S. 322) between U.S. Route 1 and Interstate 95 in Delaware County.

The 12-year plan now heads to federal transportation authorities for review.

Gov. Corbett said the improvements included in the plan “will dramatically improve mobility for people across the state.”

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