D.C.’s Grade to Pennsylvania for Addressing Statewide Infrastructure Issues: A Solid Meh

Dan Weckerly
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A new report from the White House gives Pennsylvania’s infrastructure a C- rating after decades of “systemic” underfunding, writes Christen Smith for WFMZ 69 News

Pennsylvania is one of 25 states to receive the sub-par score. 

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has been lacking the resources to address the decaying infrastructure — highways, roads and bridges — for years. 

Meanwhile, the state’s General Assembly is trying to find ways to close PennDOT’s $9.3 billion budget gap. 

If no action is taken, the agency’s shortfall will close to double over the coming decade. 

A bridge-toll proposal, first introduced in February, could raise around $2.2 billion over the next three decades for road and bridge maintenance. Lawmakers are reticent, however, to increase the price of anything amid the economic strain of the pandemic. 

Biden’s plan allocates $115 billion for infrastructure efforts throughout the country. Additional allocations include $85 billion for public transit and $50 billion for countering climate change impacts. 

The analysis further concluded that American Jobs Plan investments would fix the Keystone State’s 3,300+ deficient bridges and 7,500 miles of crumbling roads. 

Read more about the report at WFMZ 69 News

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