While state House leaders wrangle over the details of a proposed billion dollar transportation spending plan, many members quietly worry that the plan will not include enough money for local roadwork even as their constituents are being asked to pony up more in gasoline taxes and registration fees.
An analysis of the Department of Transportation’s 1,183-page spending plan shows that while the costs will be shared by motorists statewide, there are regions that will definitely fare better than others.
The Department of Transportation has identified almost $1 billion worth of work in Payne’s district. And he’s not alone. Capital area lawmakers account for four of the Top 10 districts due the largest windfall if the transportation plan is approved. The largest portion of that spending is aimed at improving travel on Interstate 83, which carries traffic around Harrisburg.
The proposed $559 million cost of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway has the district of state Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-108 of Sunbury, third on the windfall list.
Local readers are not optimistic the thruway will become a reality:
“I truly don’t ever expect to see it happen in my lifetime.” – Pat Grell
“The businesses and truckers want the thruway because it would be profitable to them. Let them pay for it. I don’t care about a bypass and don’t want to pay more for gas & taxes.” – Tony Gio
“When it takes you an hour t o get from Sheetz to the El Rancho......you have a traffic problem.” – Jason Burk
“My husband travels to Western Pa. every week and he says money spent out there on their highways is no problem. Must have better politicians out there than we do.” – Rita Wimer Reinard
“It’s the perfect excuse to raise taxes to pay for it. Didn’t they raise taxes years ago for this very reason? Then they used all the money for other things. Wake up people, it’s election time coming up. They want your vote, so they are going to dangle the thruway before you again.” – Eddie Barnhart
“If the Thruway was in Pittsburgh or Philadelphia it probably would get built, but it won’t get built because it is here.” – Wayne E. Sholly Jr.
“Really this has been a ongoing issue for over 20 years. If it hasn’t happened yet it will never happen. I as a taxpayer, will not want to pay a higher gas tax or any other taxes for this matter. It’s bad enough most of us have to live paycheck to paycheck. All they are gonna do is hurt us and make it harder for us to survive.” – Janelle DeParlo