Pennsylvania’s updated transportation plan agreed at $61.9bn

Vania Goncalves 16 Aug 2016 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission has agreed that $61.9bn will be spent over the next 12 years in various transport projects.


The updated programme — previously set up at $63.3bn — will finance improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) secretary Leslie S. Richards said: “Through on going efficiencies at PennDOT, we continue to stretch taxpayers’ dollars to reach as many transportation needs as possible.

“This update reflects the progress we are making, chipping away at our large backlog of pavement and bridge needs while adding some capacity expansion to address long-standing desires for better mobility.

“The new update also includes investments across the modes and underwrites our goal of making sure the people of Pennsylvania have options for their day-to-day travels.”

The new plan, to come into effect in 1 October, states that $11.3bn will go to state highway and bridge projects in the first four years, $8.6bn to public transit, $354M to aviation, $229M to rail freight and $305M to multimodal projects.

Some of the major projects incorporated in the programme include the $3.3bn reconstruction of the Interstate 95 corridor in southeastern Pennsylvania, the $97.6M widening of U.S. 322, the Conchester Highway, in Delaware County and the $647M reconstruction of Interstate 83 in the Harrisburg region.

The plan will be now submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration for review and approval.

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