The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 8, 2013

Thruway clears first hurdle in Harrisburg


HARRISBURG — Gordner upbeat

But lawmakers remain optimistic that the Thruway will become a reality.

Gordner cited the “broad, bipartisan support” for the bill, with the only “no” vote Tuesday being cast by Democrat Richard Kasunic, who said he would not support a gasoline tax increase partly because a key highway project, the five-mile expansion of Route 219 to the Maryland border, in his southwestern Pennsylvania district is not in PennDOT’s plans.

“I continue to feel as confident as I was,” Gordner said. “I would not have brought the Transportation secretary and gathered our delegation if I did not feel pretty confident that we would get transportation funding through by July 1.”

Culver said she also remains optimistic, saying this is the closest to a reality the Thruway has come “in (her) lifetime.”

“There is a large amount of support from constituents,” she said. “People are talking about it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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