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April 7, 2013

Corbett transportation plan includes gas tax hike


MEADVILLE — Highways held hostage

Projects that the PennDOT says will only take place if Gov. Tom Corbett’s transportation funding plan is approved by the legislature:

Northwestern PA — $18 million

- $18 million: Resurfacing and preserving bridges along five miles of Interstate 376 in northern Lawrence County from the Mitchell Road Interchange to the Mercer County Line.

Southwestern PA - $121 million

- $87 million: Reconstructing pavement and preserving bridges along eight miles of the Interstate 376 Southern Expressway in Allegheny County.

- $34 million: Rehabilitating the Birmingham Bridge in the City of Pittsburgh for $34 million.  

Central PA — $618 million

- $558 million: Paying for the construction of a 12-mile Thruway and 1-mile-long bridge over the Susquehanna River, Snyder-Northumberland counties.

- $29 million: Roadway reconstruction along four and a half miles of Atherton Street in State College, Centre County, from Lowes Boulevard to Branch Road.

- $16 million: Roadway resurfacing along 25 miles of Route 44 in Potter County from the Lycoming County line to Route 6.

- $15 million: Completing roadway resurfacing and bridge preservation for the remaining sections of Route 220, the Lock Haven Bypass in Clinton County.

Northeastern PA — $77 million

- $32 million: Rehabilitating pavement on 31 miles of Route 6, the Robert P. Casey Highway, in Lackawanna County.

- $25 million: Reconstructing the final section of Route 2001 in Pike County from Milford to Bushkill.

- $20 million: Extending one mile of Route 424 between Interstate 81’s Exit 143 and Humboldt Industrial Park in Luzerne County, including access and safety improvements with economic development opportunities.

Southeastern PA — $475 million

- $149 million: Replacing the Route 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River at Betzwood and replacing the bridge carrying Route 23 over Route 422 in Montgomery County.

- $216 million: Two construction projects to reconstruct pavement and widen to add two lanes along eight miles of Route 322 from Route 1 to Interstate 95 in Delaware County.

- $110 million: Replacing seven bridges over Interstate 676 in the City of Philadelphia.

In addition to those highway and bridge projects, the governor has said he would use money from the transportation funding plan to pay for the $3.8 million cost of subsidizing the Harrisburg-to-Pittsburgh train route, which criss-crosses central and western Pennsylvania, including stops in Lewistown and Johnstown.

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