News for Immediate Release
Nov. 25, 2013
Governor Corbett Ceremonially Signs Historic Transportation Funding Bill
in Montgomery County
Bipartisan Support Fuels Needed Bridge, Road
Repairs and Upgrades; Funds SEPTA
Norristown – Governor Tom Corbett today in Montgomery County ceremonially
signed into law House Bill 1060, Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive piece
of state transportation legislation in decades.
The governor hailed the landmark legislation that will invest an additional
$2.3 to $2.4 billion into the state’s transportation system by the fifth year
of the plan.
“Earlier today I signed a truly bipartisan bill that
will keep our families safe, create good paying jobs and keep Pennsylvania
moving,” Corbett said. “Our elected officials put partisanship aside and,
unlike Washington, we proved that by working together we can deliver and bring
the quality transportation system that Pennsylvanians expect and deserve. Smoother
roads, safer bridges, reliable transit systems and efficient ports are what
this bill delivers.”
The event was held near a $16.8 million project
where PennDOT is currently building two new ramps to improve travel through the
U.S. 422/PA 363 (Trooper Road) Interchange in West Norristown and Lower Providence
townships, Montgomery County.
Because of the landmark legislation, replacement
of the approximately $149 million, Route 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River
will start construction in about two years. Without the funding provided by the
new legislation, drivers in this area would have had to wait until at least
2017 or later for the bridge to be replaced. As a result of the legislation,
construction on the bridge will begin in 2015. In addition, SEPTA will receive
funding to stabilize operations.
By the fifth year of the
plan, this legislation invests an additional:
- $1.3 billion annually for state roads and
- $480 million to $495 million annually for
- $237 million annually for local roads and
- $144 million annually in a multi-modal fund;
- $30 million annually for dirt, gravel and
low-volume roadways; and
- $86 million annually for Pennsylvania Turnpike
Partial funding for the new transportation package is being
derived from the elimination of the flat 12-cent gas tax and
modernizing an outdated transportation financing structure through the uncapping
of the wholesale, Oil Company Franchise Tax. Also, changes
in vehicle and drivers’ license fees will help to fund the plan.
Pennsylvania law states that revenues from fuel
taxes must be directed to highway and bridge-related costs and state police
patrol functions and not used for any other purpose. Many road and bridge projects
are slated to start next spring.
For more information on transportation funding and to view a
comprehensive list of transportation projects, visit www.dot.state.pa.us.
Samples of the additional
projects in the Philadelphia region that will be completed because of this plan
reconstruction, widening, and bridge rehabilitation involving nearly three
miles of roadway, 11 bridges, and four retaining walls along U.S. Route 1
from Old Lincoln Highway to PA Route 413 in Bensalem and Middletown townships,
Bucks County; $216 million.
of the Chestnut Street Bridge at 30th Street in the City of Philadelphia; $80
- Replacement of Vine
Street Expressway Bridges, involving seven new superstructures carrying
18th Street, the Family Court Pedestrian Walkway, 19th Street, the Free
Library Pedestrian Walkway, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 21st Street and
22nd Street over Interstate 676 in the City of Philadelphia; $110 million.
- Two construction
projects involving pavement reconstruction and widening with two new lanes
along an eight mile stretch of U.S. Route 322 from U.S. Route 1 to Interstate
95 in Delaware County; $216 million
For more information on
transportation funding, visit www.dot.state.pa.us.
Steve Chizmar, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Rich Kirkpatrick, PennDOT; 717-783-8800