PennDOT 'report card' highlights funding troubles

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 18, 2013 4:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- PennDOT's first-ever "Transportation Performance Report" sheds light on a lack of funding and other issues facing the agency.

The report-card style document gives the department high marks for safety and accountability -- including a modernization effort that could yield $50 to $75 million in savings.

With limited funding and deteriorating infrastructure, spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt says work to expand traffic-laden roadways has been put on the back burner.

"We've improved our bridge sitautaion, but we don't have the funding to add capacity where population is only going up," Waters-Trasatt says. "Naturally, people are sitting in traffic a whole lot more. There are a lot of concerns we can't address right now with our current funding."

The report docked PennDOT for low performance in public transit infrastructure.

It also notes 8,500 miles of roads in the commonwealth are in need of rehabilitation.

Governor Corbett has proposed eliminating the cap on the wholesale gas tax to raise about two billion dollars for transportation projects.

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