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PennDOT targets 48 road projects in midstate thanks to extra funding

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Apr 4, 2014 4:21 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The transportation funding bill brings higher fees for vehicle registrations, driver's licenses, and the possibility of higher gas prices.

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But it also means 48 roads in central Pennsylvania will get improvements.

Those projects will cost $66 million, and come on top of the already planned improvements to roads and bridges in PennDOT's District 8.

The District includes Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.

Some of the more prominent work will include resurfacing Front Street in Harrisburg, Route 283 in Lancaster County, and Interstate 83 in the Newberrytown area in York County.

District 8 Engineer Michael Keiser says the new funding could also smooth out problems with federal dollars.

"We were kinda forced to focus them on the higher networks. That created a problem too. If it wasn't for Act 89, what I seen with our base program is that they would've been delayed even further."

Keiser says the additional funds will also help reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges in the region - for example, one project up for bid inclues repairs to 20 bridges.

By 2017, it's expected the transportation funding bill will bring in $2.3 billion a year through fee increases.

Future projects could include improvements to the Interstate 83 Capital Beltway, reconstruction of Route 222 in Lancaster County, and Routes 15 and 30 interchange improvements in Adams County.

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