Oberlander Votes in Support of PA Transportation Infrastructure Investment
11/21/2013
HARRISBURG – Today, the state House approved a comprehensive plan to put $2.3 billion back into Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges. By a vote of 113-85, Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong) applauded the measure which rebuilds Commonwealth highways and bridges, and creates an infrastructure conducive to create 50,000 jobs and salvaging the 12,000 in possible threat of elimination without legislative action.

“The plan put forward today is an all-inclusive package, designed to safeguard our children’s school buses, and further stimulate economic growth by investing in our Commonwealth’s infrastructure,” Oberlander said on the proposal. “In Clarion County alone, this proposal will support an estimated 75 transportation projects for our citizens.”

The plan includes funding for projects on each of Clarion and Armstrong’s major roadways including Routes 422, 28, 322, 66, 68, and 85, bringing investments for transportation for both counties to an approximate $450 million. The proposal addresses the 6,500 structurally deficient bridges in the Commonwealth, bringing Pennsylvania from worst to first in regard to safety for Pennsylvania’s commuters and citizens.

“The economic effect of this proposal is wide sweeping, with local governments seeing a 60 percent increase in funding for our local roads and bridges. This will allow much more freedom for local governments to fulfill projects that have been on their wish lists for decades,” Oberlander said on the local impact of the bill.

On top of the investments made to the Commonwealth, PennDOT is required to realize $1 billion in savings over the next 10 years by following through on a variety of measures. These include initiatives such as bridge bundling, consolidation of resources, and updates to reduce redundancies within the Department.

“Constituents are tired of their government not working together to prompt change. Today, the General Assembly worked both across the aisle and across the chamber to stimulate the investments our Commonwealth so desperately needs,” Oberlander concluded on the bi-partisan vote.

The plan now awaits Gov. Corbett’s signature. For the latest legislative updates, visit RepOberlander.com or Facebook.com/RepOberlander.

Representative Donna Oberlander
63rd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Ty McCauslin
717.772.9979
tmccausl@pahousegop.com
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