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Helm, Schoch Discuss Impact of Transportation Funding Act On 104th District
1/9/2014
SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP – State Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) hosted a public meeting at the Susquehanna Township Municipal Building on Tuesday to discuss the local impact of the recently-enacted Transportation Funding Law (Act 89 of 2013). Helm was joined by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Barry Schoch and PennDOT Engineering District 8 Executive Mike Keiser.

Act 89 was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett in November and invests an additional $2.4 billion in the Commonwealth’s roads, bridges and mass transit systems by its fifth year.

“I went back and forth on the bill,” said Helm. “I appreciate that Secretary Schoch always had the answers to my questions about the legislation. I ended up supporting it and definitely think I voted the right way.”

“This was not an easy decision for Representative Helm and the other House members who supported the legislation,” said Schoch. “Ultimately we have a responsibility for public safety and had to choose whether to make the investment now or continue to put it off for future generations.”

Schoch explained how the legislation will also benefit the economy and make Pennsylvania competitive with surrounding states. Schoch said the Commonwealth was losing companies to Maryland and Virginia, which recently passed transportation funding bills.

“This measure sent a clear message to the business community,” he said. “We need to rebuild and take care of Pennsylvania’s transportation system, which all of us own.”

Keiser outlined a number of major bridge and highway projects planned in Dauphin County that would not have occurred without the revenue generated by Act 89. 
 
Those projects include:
• Reconstruction of Interstate 83 in the Harrisburg area, which will be widened to at least six lanes over the next decade at a cost of $800 million. Project includes reconstruction of the Eisenhower Interchange.
• Modifications at the Interstate 283 and Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange in Swatara and Lower Swatara townships at a cost of $36.5 million.
• Bridge preservation on Route 22 over Interstate 81 and ramps in Harrisburg and Susquehanna Township at a cost of $26 million. A total of seven structures are included in the project.
• Bridge preservation on the Route 22/Clarks Ferry Bridge over the Susquehanna River and ramps in Reed Township at a cost of $25 million.
• Construction of a third lane from the I-81/I-83 junction to the Mountain Road Interchange at a cost of $12 million.

About 50 people attended the meeting, including many local government officials.

“This is an excellent local government bill,” said Schoch. “It includes a change in the prevailing wage and additional liquid fuels monies to fund infrastructure projects.”

“I look forward to the completion of the local projects and a safer Pennsylvania,” said Helm.

A video recording of the meeting will be available for viewing on Helm’s website, SueHelm.net.

Representative Sue Helm
104th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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