The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says Secretary Leslie Richards will break the shortfall news to the Senate Transportation Committee when she testifies Tuesday. The hearing will focus on “the delay and delivery of transportation projects.” Representatives of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Associated Pennsylvania Constructions, America Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania, the Public Utility Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection and numerous representatives from the utility industry are expected to attend.
More than 2,800 projects promised by legislators while passing the transportation funding bill of 2013, Act 89, are at risk. Act 89 opened up fuel prices to tax increases and raised PennDOT fees. The global decline in fuel prices in part means less tax revenue collected but Pennsylvania politicians are now accessing local blame for the shortage and discussing solutions. Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, said he wasn't surprised to hear that funds could fall short compared to a wish list. Choosing which projects to fund with revenues available ought to be a matter of what is a safety priority, Costa said. “That needs to be No. 1 priority.”
PennDot offers their Road & Bridge Project Construction interactive website that shows current and anticipated 2016 construction projects.
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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review