The Fix Road List: Thanks to the Transportation Bill

We’ve all been paying more for gasoline and vehicle fees after the governor passed the transportation bill last year.

The state went all out to tell drivers which road will be fixed thanks to Pennsylvania’s transportation bill that was passed in November.

Governor Tom Corbett says more than 250 projects will start this year, creating 18,000 new jobs this year alone.

“Pennsylvanians will soon begin seeing real tangible improvements in every corner of the commonwealth,” Governor Corbett said.

PennDOT said the top priority is fixing roads and bridges that are already damaged.

“Repair and take care of what we have. Start planning for the addition to the system. But this year and next year, the focus will be 90, 95 percent of the funds will be used to repair existing facilities,” PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said.

PennDOT said its plans include resurfacing more than 145 miles of roads in northeastern Pennsylvania. One of those areas is along Interstate 180 in Northumberland County.

There are 122 projects on the agenda in PennDOT’s north central region. That includes Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Sullivan, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties.

Some of those projects include paving of Route 15 to Route 54 in Lycoming and Union Counties and paving on parts of Route 220 in Lycoming County.

Jason Charles of Pennsdale drives all over Central Pennsylvania for work and is looking forward to the improvements.

“It makes my travel a lot easier and less wear and tear on my vehicles, so I’m glad,” Charles said.

“You really have to swerve a lot to get around the potholes that are everywhere,” Anna Marie Leavens said.

We will see these road repairs because of the higher prices that we’re paying for gas and for license and registration fees.

“The worst case of that would be about nine cents if that’s fully passed on. We see no evidence of that. Never have seen any correlation between that and the wholesale tax and what occurs at the pump,” Schoch said.

Here is the full list of projects scheduled under the program.

12 comments

  • M. R. Birkos

    100% of the tax hike is passed on to the pump. Expect $4 gasoline in 2015. Massive tax hike on the middle class, not on the gas companies. This while PA is 46th in job creation 2011-2013.

  • Gary Welliver

    Remember your ABC’s when you vote. Anyone-But-Corbett. Oh thanks Mr. Corbett for the 125 percent price increase for PA Inspection Stickers. I know I couldn’t or wouldn’t raise my rate 125 percent to my customers.

  • alberto

    we need to vote him out he is a scam why should we pay for this work we pay taxes on our own propertys where does that go right in there pockets i never seen such corruption all in one place legalize marijuana and tax it and there gos your money without raising property taxes gas prices or dmv fees if you do the math we are paying 3,000 dollars more a year to live

  • Skook3

    The arguments went: Republicans-Not a dime for any mass transit or recreational nonsense until our roads get fixed. Democrats-But we demand more money for Septa buses & hiking & walking trails. Republicans & Corbett CAVED. Check the transportation bill wording – about 40% is going to SEPTA, just like in the days of Cheesesteak Eddie.

  • Richard Sontag

    This is just sick. Who is going to fix the residents of P.A. that can’t afford the gas tax. We’re living paycheck to paycheck. And for those jobs, Corbett already has his certain ones picked out for them. Give me a call for one of those jobs. We’ll see !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Peter

    Why are they doing Rt.209 in Carbon county. That was done a few years ago. Yet Rt. 534 is in terrible shape and that never gets touched. I really wish the news media would question this and find out who the idiot is that decides what roads to do

    • Kevin

      This is nothing to celebrate Mr Governor !! You raised gas taxes 10 cents a gallon to pay for this. Didn’t we do road repairs in previous years without this huge tax increase ? Vote him OUT !!!

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