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New money for Pa. highways to flow out in April

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 10, 2014 10:04 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvanians should soon start seeing highway projects funded under the state's major new transportation funding bill signed four months ago by Gov. Tom Corbett.

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Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch said Monday work will begin in April on about $2 billion in highway projects that the state's releasing for the summer construction season.

Schoch says the transportation funding bill is contributing about $500 million of that, or enough for another 200 projects.

In the meantime, Schoch says road crews will be busy filling potholes opened by this winter's vicious freeze-thaw cycle.

Under the law, higher fuel taxes, motorist fees and traffic fines will unfold over four years to collect an additional estimated $2.3 billion a year for state spending on roads, bridges and mass transit. That's a 40 percent increase.

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