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Corbett Announces 250 New Transportation Projects

The extra work will lead to about 18,000 new jobs this year, the Governor's Office said.

Video courtesy of the Governor's Office
Video courtesy of the Governor's Office
Gov. Tom Corbett this week announced 250 new projects set to begin under the state's new transportation plan.

Some $2.1 billion will be invested in the state's highways and bridges this year, Corbett said, about $600 million more than would have been spent without the transportation bill. 

The extra work will lead to about 18,000 new jobs this year, the Governor's Office said.

More than 900 road projects will be started this year, Corbett said.

Among the projects Corbett mentioned Thursday are:
  • Rehabilitating the Birmingham Bridge in Pittsburgh. 
  • Rehabilitating the Spring Garden Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. 
  • Resurfacing the Trexlertown bypass in Lehigh County.
  • Resurfacing more than 145 miles of roads in northeastern Pennsylvania Resurfacing and bridge preservation on the Lock Haven Bypass, in Clinton County.
  • Resurfacing more than 142 miles of roads in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Corbett on Thursday also asked Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch to look for possible efficiencies within PennDOT.

“PennDOT is looking intently at its own operations and this review has so far resulted in $100 million a year in recurring savings,” Corbett said. “PennDOT looked internally to ensure that each and every available dollar is invested wisely and that fits my goal of delivering core services to Pennsylvania’s taxpayers in the most efficient way possible.”


L. Ferguson April 05, 2014 at 12:23 PM
WHEN WILL THEY GET AROUND TO REPAIRING/REPLACING BRIDGES IN SOUTHEASTERN PA? I KNOW THERE ARE MANY BRIDGES IN DIRE NEED OF ATTENTION. ALSO, WILL THE POTHOLE REPAIRS CONTINUE? STILL A LOT OF POTHOLES OUT THERE!
Ned Hardt April 05, 2014 at 10:24 PM
NO increased taxes, eh Liar Tom? This stuff isn't being paid for with fairy dust!
Carol Beck April 06, 2014 at 10:00 AM
It is being funded by increased vehicle fees.
Ned Hardt April 06, 2014 at 11:31 PM
Doesn't matter if you call them fees, it's still money from the tax payers! And the gas taxes went way up too.

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