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Pa. Turnpike status report is all about money

Written by Craig Rhodes and Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 20, 2015 8:54 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The State Senate Transportation Committee received a status report this week from officials with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. 

Mounting debt was the biggest concern raised by Commission Chairman Sean Logan. It stems in part from Act 44, the state law which requires $450 million annual payments to PennDOT. Without some sort of relief, Logan says they're looking at annual toll hikes for the foreseeable future.

Logan also says the conversion to an all electronic toll collection system will take longer than planned in order to address a number of issues.

The Commission is embarking on more than $1.7 billion worth of construction and maintenance throughout the system. 

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