Investing in PA's Roads and Bridges
What Transportation Investments Mean to Pennsylvania...
With more than 6,500 structurally deficient bridges statewide, Pennsylvania is the worst state in the nation for ensuring the safety of the bridges our family cars, school buses and industry trucks drive over each day. This package will help move us from worst to first in protecting our citizens.
50,000 Jobs Created:
The passage of a comprehensive transportation funding package will create more than 50,000 new jobs for our citizens and their families. In addition, the state will save 12,000 jobs that would have been lost without a new transportation commitment.
$1 Billion Saved:
PennDOT will be required to implement $1 billion in cost-savings and efficiencies over the next decade alone. Our hard working families deserve to know that each and every dollar invested will be stretched as far as possible.
Investing in our infrastructure helps build the foundation upon which we can promote and advance a successful 21st century economic development strategy.
Highlighting the Need for New Investment
Pennsylvania is currently among the worst states in the nation when it comes to the conditions of our roads and bridges. Report after report cites the pressing need to upgrade our infrastructure. Pennsylvania leads the nation with 6,500 structurally deficient bridges.
In August, PennDOT began to restrict the use of 1,000 more bridges in the state due to safety concerns – this is in addition to the 2,200-plus that are already under restriction.
Approximately 36 percent of Pennsylvania’s major roads are rated in poor or mediocre condition.
Poor road conditions, traffic congestion and outdated features are estimated to cost state motorists more than $9 billion a year in vehicle-operating costs, crashes, and road delays.
By 2017, it is estimated that 17,000 miles of state-owned roads would be rated in poor condition if no action were taken.
Did You Know?
Each day, children throughout the state rely on school buses to safely take them to and from school. As an effect of having more than 6,500 structurally deficient bridges, there are actually communities where students are asked to exit the bus before it crosses a bridge. The students are then asked to cross the bridge on foot before reentering the bus.
This is just one of many troubling examples that highlighted the need for a new commitment to support road and bridge repairs throughout the Commonwealth.
A New, Responsible Approach to Funding Transportation
For years, transportation projects in Pennsylvania have been supported by an outdated funding structure, prompting a serious shortfall in the system’s ability to maintain safe and reliable roads and bridges. Rather than allow revenues to self-adjust with inflation to keep up with costs, decisions were made decades ago to impose artificial caps on gas taxes paid by oil companies and vehicle registrations fees. The result is the system we have today.
This transportation package will now take a more responsible and commonsense approach to the way we pay for road and bridge projects.
The state will immediately eliminate the 12-cents liquid fuels tax that is paid by motorists at the pump.
This consumer levy will be replaced by the Oil Company Franchise Tax, which taxes oil companies on the wholesale price of gas.
Over the next five years, the state will also gradually remove the existing artificial cap on the Oil Company Franchise Tax that has allowed oil companies to pay taxes based on the wholesale price of gas in 1983.
Passenger vehicle registration fees will be tied to inflation in the coming years to help prevent future transportation funding shortfalls.
In the first year of this plan, the average driver should only pay about $1.35 more per week.
Click below to see projects included in the infrastructure revitalization plan: