News for Immediate
Oct. 30, 2013
Pittsburgh Region, Pennsylvania Need Comprehensive Transportation Plan
Pittsburgh – Surrounded by
transportation advocates and regional officials, Governor Tom Corbett today highlighted
the Pittsburgh region’s need for a comprehensive transportation plan.
standing in the shadow of the Birmingham Bridge, also urged the public to call
their lawmakers and demand action on a bill. Negotiations on a compromise
transportation plan will continue when the General Assembly returns to session on
of a comprehensive transportation plan is crucial,” Corbett said. “A yes vote
will mean long-stalled projects will move forward and the Pittsburgh region
will see safety and economic benefits.’’
Birmingham Bridge, which is on PennDOT’s Decade of Investment list of improvements
that can be accomplished with additional funding, had to be closed for about a
month in 2008. The closure was needed to make repairs after a rocker bearing,
which normally moves freely to allow a bridge to flex, froze in place because
of corrosion. That triggered an 8-inch drop in the bridge deck.
impacts all of us. I urge the public to contact their state elected officials
and tell them to do the responsible thing and vote yes for safety, vote yes for
our economy and yes for our state’s future.”
also noted that several regional highway, bridge and transit projects would be
completed, such as:
pavement and preserving bridges along eight miles of the Interstate 376
Southern Expressway in Allegheny County, from the Business 60 Interchange
to the Flaugherty Run Interchange for $87 million;
the Birmingham Bridge in the City of Pittsburgh for $34 million;
- Repairing and
preservation painting on the PAAC’s Panhandle Bridge for $16.7 million;
- Constructing a
pedestrian walkway from Whited to South Bank for PAAC’s south busway for
- Improving the
east busway station for $250,000.
list of potential highway and bridge projects that could be funded with a
significant transportation bill can be found at www.dotdecade.pa.gov.
Pennsylvania will continue to see roadways become rougher and more of the
region’s many bridges will become structurally deficient without a
transportation bill. The future of transit is also in question without the Legislature
passing a plan.
additional transportation funding, the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC)
service and Amtrak service west of Harrisburg will be impacted. In addition,
the Airport Corridor Transportation Association and Heritage Worklink
transportation services, providing nearly 200,000 trips to work annually by
van, will stop operating at the end of November without funding.
in transit services would be devastating to the region, but in the very near
future there will be no choice without action on a transportation plan,”
voting yes for transportation, lawmakers would take a very much needed step to
dealing with pressing transportation needs statewide,” Corbett said. “If the
General Assembly can reach agreement on a bill and send it me, Pennsylvania’s
vital transportation services will continue and additional benefits will soon
For more information, visit www.pa.gov.
Media contact: Steve Chizmar,