News for Immediate Release
Nov. 25, 2013
Governor Corbett Hails Signing of Historic Transportation Funding Bill
Bipartisan Support Fuels Needed Bridge, Road
Repairs and Upgrades; Funds the Port Authority of Allegheny County
Pittsburgh – Governor Tom Corbett today in Centre County signed into
law House Bill 1060, Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive piece of state transportation
legislation in decades.
In Pittsburgh later in the day, the governor hailed the landmark
legislation that will invest an additional $2.3 to $2.4 billion into
transportation by the fifth year of the plan.
The event was held under the 85-year-old Liberty Bridge, the same bridge where Corbett appeared earlier this year
to call for legislative action on a transportation plan.
“Standing here today, we’ve truly come full circle
in our mission to set Pennsylvania’s future on the right path,’’ Corbett said.
“I visited this bridge in June and asked the state legislature to work with me
to create a comprehensive transportation plan.’’
“As a result of our elected officials acting in a
true bipartisan spirit, Pennsylvanians all across the commonwealth will benefit
from their efforts – keeping our families safe, helping our commuters get to
and from work and creating good paying jobs.”
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modernizing an outdated transportation financing structure through the uncapping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.
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. Also, because of this investment, transit systems in the state will
continue to be able to operate without interruption.
Additional projects in
the Pittsburgh region that will be completed because of this plan include:
- Rehabilitating the Birmingham Bridge in the
City of Pittsburgh, $34 million;
- Reconstructing 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, $87 million;
- Preserving pavement and bridges along a nearly
seven-mile stretch of Route 28 in Allegheny County, from Russelton to
Butler County line, $24 million
painting and repairing the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Panhandle
Bridge, which carries “The T,’’ light rail between downtown and the South Side,
approximately $20 million.
For more information on transportation funding and to view a
comprehensive list of transportation projects, visit www.dot.state.pa.us.
Steve Chizmar, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Rich Kirkpatrick, PennDOT; 717-783-8800