Should PennDOT release the potential list of bridge and road projects that could be funded?

Interstate 83 in the York area could be widened from four to six lanes. It's one of the projects that could be funded under the transportation proposals being considered by the legislature. (YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS -- PAUL KUEHNEL

Interstate 83 in the York area could be widened from four to six lanes. It’s one of the projects that could be funded under the transportation proposals being considered by the state legislature. (YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — PAUL KUEHNEL

Trying to track down which bridge and road projects in York County could be funded through state transportation proposals has been anything but easy.

That’s because, as the Associated Press reported today, the information is only available to legislators through a password-protected website.

Spokespersons for the state Department of Transportation and Gov. Tom Corbett said last week that a list of projects will not be released until it is finalized. Some projects might not go forward — it all depends on how much money is approved for

So Ed Mahon and I have been contacting state senators who represent York County to find out which projects could go forward. We do not have a full list, but the short list we have includes the widening of Interstate 83 between the North George Street and Mount Rose Avenue interchanges.

State Senator Robert Teplitz, D-Susquehanna Township, shared some of the projects in York County that would be funded through the transportation proposals.

He said last week that he doesn’t understand why the state is not sharing this information. He thinks if it was made available, it would probably generate public support for making this happen.

PennDOT has argued that the public deserves the final list — not one that involves maybes, according to the Associated Press.

So, what do you think should happen here? Do you want to see the list of potential projects — even if it has to change later, depending on how much money legislators approve? Or would you rather wait for the final list of projects that will go forward?

 

 

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One Response to Should PennDOT release the potential list of bridge and road projects that could be funded?

  1. JT says:

    I was all for the transportation funding bill–figuring that a modest increase in registration and license fees which hadn’t increased in decades was a fair trade for two-year registrations, etc–UNTIL I read that nearly 20% of the new revenue ($5,000,000.00 or $0.5 BILLION) would go to subsidizing mass transit–primarily Philadelphia area SEPTA. $1.9 Billion to highway projects.

    And UNTIL I learned that the wholesale gas tax would increase by 28.5 cents over “several” years (without ever finding a definition of “several”) meaning that at current prices gas would go up about 9 percent.

    How many of us have had a 9 percent wage hike over the past “several” years?

    And how would this increase bring prosperity to the rural areas of the Commonwealth that are far beyond the reach of SEPTA?

    In the rural areas there are many of us who use significant amounts of off-highway gas to run tractors, chain saws, log splitters, etc–but not quite enough to qualify for tax refunds. And some of us live back pretty long lanes which we maintain without one cent of government help. Why should my chainsaw help to pay for a Philadelphia subway?

    Yes, we need to know the list of projects, and we need to know whether they will be carefully phased, or whether they will be a repeat of the 2012 “construction season from down under” that had so many adjacent bridges closed in western York County that the only economic stimulus was to gas stations.

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