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PennDOT Secretary: Repair roads, bridges now

Written by Megan Lello and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 13, 2013 6:54 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The state Transportation secretary is highlighting the need for upgrades to Pennsylvania's roads and bridges in the coming years. 

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Barry Schoch says by not fixing deficient infrastructure now, the state will have to dole out more money later. "We've got one of the oldest infrastructures in the country because we were one of the first states to develop it. We haven't been investing as much as we should, so the average age of our bridge is 51 years old, which means we're heading toward a problem with our bridges. And although we've been emphasizing the work on bridges, it's been at the expense of our pavements, and they're also old."

Schoch says simply placing weight restrictions on bridges doesn't go far enough, and adds time and cost to trips, in many cases.

Governor Corbett has called for lifting the cap on the state's oil company franchise tax, a move he says would raise $1.8 billion for repairs.

Hear the entire interview with Schoch here.

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