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PennDOT has long road ahead on highway funding law

November 30, 2013
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Information is emerging about what Pennsylvania's new transportation funding legislation will pay for, and it presents an imposing set of challenges for transportation planners.

The law will ramp up over five years to raise at least $2.3 billion annually to build and repair roads and bridges and underwrite mass transit systems.

Critical needs, structurally deficient bridges, safety-related projects and deferred maintenance generally get priority.

Now, PennDOT has to decide if it wants to borrow money early on. In addition, planners debating how to use all the new money will have to balance the competing demands of aging infrastructure with economic development and congestion.

PennDOT executive deputy secretary Brad Mallory says his agency plans to provide guidance on how much of the funding will be available in different parts of Pennsylvania.



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