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PA Transportation Bill Closer to Becoming Law

Many of Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges are in terrible shape, according to PennDOT and state leaders.

State lawmakers are now debating how to pay to fix them and we all will likely be on the hook.

The Senate passed a transportation bill late Wednesday afternoon, setting the stage for the House of Representatives to vote Thursday.

Lawmakers in Harrisburg are calling the increases in gas taxes and drivers’ fees a “user fee” for those who ride on the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.

The repairs that PennDOT and state leaders claim are desperately needed will most likely be paid for by us all.

One week ago, there was little indication lawmakers in Harrisburg could agree on how to pay for the state’s transportation needs.

Then, a house vote Tuesday set the stage for a Senate vote Wednesday afternoon.

Now, the $2.4 billion transportation funding bill is the closest yet to becoming law.

Conference Held In Harrisburg To Discuss The Use Of Red-light Cameras

Conference Held In Harrisburg To Discuss The Use Of Red-light Cameras

In an effort to encourage the passage of a bill expanding the use of red-light cameras outside Philadelphia, state safety advocates and legislators held a news conference at the state Capitol building in Harrisburg on Tuesday afternoon.

Introduced by state Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-9, and state Rep. Paul Costa, D-34, the bill would allow 20 cities, including Philadelphia, with a minimum population of 18,000, including Harrisburg, Erie, Allentown and Reading, to use the cameras, pending approval by the state Transportation Department. Under the bill, the maximum fine is $100. Known as the Pileggi-Costa intersection safety camera expansion bill, it has already been passed by the state Senate and is pending before the state House of Representatives.

Local state representatives did not immediately return calls Tuesday evening.

Coroner Wants Effort to Spur Use of Seat Belts

Coroner Wants Effort to Spur Use of Seat Belts

Four young people killed in automobile accidents in the past week had something in common.

"They did not wear their seat belts," Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David J. Moylan said at Wednesday's meeting of the Schuylkill County commissioners.

Shawn Centeleghe, 19, of Friedensburg; Jason Engleman, 23, of Pottsville, and Cassandra Snyder, 16, of Pottsville, were killed in a one-vehicle crash on Route 61, just north of Saint Clair, early Saturday morning. Later, about 10 p.m., Kurt L.

Public Input on PennDOT Project Wanted

PennDOT is proposing to rehabilitate a bridge in Susquehanna County. The project is moving forward as part of PennDOT's overall plan to improve or replace bridges in need of repair.

The public is asked to review the project information listed below and discuss it with their municipal officials at their regularly-scheduled meetings in order to provide input to PennDOT. Information of interest includes access for emergency services during construction; possible presence of private utilities; local events that could be impacted by construction; other items requiring special coordination.

Project Description:

Route 2019, Section 550, Willow Brook Bridge, Lenox Twp., Susquehanna County

The current structure was built in 1952 and is a steel I-beam bridge with a timber deck. The total length of the bridge is 12” feet.