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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, March 3, 2014:
It was a long time coming but Pennsylvania finally has new money for transportation construction, upgrades, maintenance, and mass transit.
For years, legislators wrestled with how to generate revenue to modernize roads and bridges that were showing wear and tear. Everyone agreed the transportation system needed the work, but there wasn't widespread agreement on how to pay for it.
Finally last November, members of the General Assembly approved a plan that was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett. When fully implemented, it will generate about $2.4 billion annually.
How will that money be used and when will motorists notice a difference?
PennDOT Sec. Barry Schoch
Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Barry Schoch appears on Monday's Smart Talk to answer those questions and many others about transportation.
A priority would seem to be bridges. Pennsylvania has more structurally deficient bridges than any other state in the country. Sec. Schoch actually ordered reduced weight restrictions on dozens of them last year.
Also, we'll ask Sec. Schoch about public-private partnerships for the repair of bridges.
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