Casey: Just Passed Transportation Bill Will Create PA Jobs, Improve Infrastructure Across Commonwealth

Casey-Authored Provisions Will Invest in PA Bridges Maintained By Counties And Give States Flexibility In Using Highway Dollars

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that the U.S. Senate has passed a transportation bill that will create jobs in Pennsylvania and improve the state’s aging infrastructure.  The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act will direct nearly $3.2 billion to Pennsylvania over the next two years and maintain current levels of funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2012.

“This transportation bill will create jobs and improve roads and bridges throughout Pennsylvania,” Casey said. “I’m pleased that several provisions I authored to improve infrastructure for Pennsylvanians have been included in the bill, which will invest in bridges maintained by counties and provide more flexibility to states when they use their transportation resources.”

The bill includes several measures authored by Senator Casey which will aid the Commonwealth:

Improve Bridges Maintained By Counties: Senator Casey’s provision would establish a dedicated revenue stream through the Off-System Bridge Program for bridges that are not on federal-aid or the National Highway System. Senator Casey’s amendment ensures that counties are not left bearing the full responsibility of the cost of their off-system bridge needs.  It gives states and counties the proper tools and the assurance of a steady flow of funding needed to maintain our nation’s bridges. A list of off system bridges is below.

Invest in Route 219 and Bolster the Appalachian Highway System: A Casey provision will provide states with more flexibility as they use their transportation resources. Casey’s provision will allow toll credits to fund Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) projects. The measure will also allow the federal cost share on ADHS projects to increase from 80% to 100%. 

County

Number of Off-System Bridges

Adams

157

Allegheny

343

Beaver

116

Bedford

245

Berks

313

Blair

153

Bradford

241

Bucks

233

Butler

197

Cambria

118

Cameron

34

Carbon

50

Centre

139

Chester

286

Clarion

104

Clearfield

143

Clinton

77

Columbia

163

Crawford

211

Cumberland

130

Dauphin

170

Delaware

75

Elk

64

Erie

201

Fayette

174

Forest

25

Franklin

175

Fulton

91

Greene

178

Huntington

143

Indiana

154

Jefferson

113

Juniata

95

Lackawanna

107

Lancaster

415

Lebanon

124

Lehigh

159

Luzerne

157

Lycoming

213

McKean

101

Mercer

224

Mifflin

84

Monroe

135

Montgomery

244

Montour

61

Northampton

164

Northumberland

167

Perry

109

Philadelphia

94

Pike

70

Potter

118

Schuylkill

209

Snyder

97

Somerset

244

Sullivan

76

Susquehanna

160

Tioga

247

Union

91

Venango

114

Washington

215

Wayne

169

Westmoreland

226

Wyoming

82

York

310

 

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