TRIP: Pennsylvania faces $3.5 billion transportation funding shortfall
- Hulton Road Bridge over the Allegheny River,
- Babcock Bridge over Girtys Run,
- McLaughlin Road Bridge over McLaughlin Run,
- Saxonburg Boulevard Bridge over Little Pine Creek, and
- Glass Run Bridge over Glass Run.
The TRIP report also includes lists of transportation projects in the Pittsburgh area that
are needed, but for which there is not adequate funding to proceed. They include the following:
preservation and painting of Birmingham Bridge, Liberty Bridge, and Elizabeth Bridge,
reconstruction on SR 22, replacing and updating 55 buses to replace and update the fleet, and the
design and construction of a transit center in Allegheny County.
“It is critical that the state adequately fund its surface transportation system so that
Pennsylvania drivers and businesses have a safe and reliable system of roads, bridges, and public transit. Unless the transportation system is adequately funded, the costs will continue to be passed along to drivers at a time when many can ill afford it,” said Will Wilkins, executive director of TRIP, in a prepared statement from the organization.
The SAFETEA-LU federal surface transportation program remains a critical source of funding for road and bridge repairs and transit improvements in Pennsylvania.
With the current program set to expire on Dec. 31, Congress will need to authorize a new federal surface transportation program or extend the current program to allow federal transportation dollars to continue to flow to the state.
“Pennsylvania must improve its system of roads, highways, bridges and public transit to
foster economic growth, create jobs, avoid business relocations, and ensure the safe, reliable
mobility needed to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians,” said Ted Leonard,
executive director of the Pennsylvania AAA Federation.
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