Contact Information 

District Offices
2090 Linglestown Rd.
Suite 100
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone:  (717) 651-0100
Fax:  (717) 651-0801

260 Market St.
Millersburg, PA 17061
Phone: (717) 692-0833
Fax: (717) 692-7071

Mobile Office hours at East Hanover Township Building, Dauphin County, available by appointment.

Capitol Office
420 Irvis Office Building
Capitol Complex
PO Box 202104
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Ph: 717-787-1230
Fax: 717-787-7375

E-Mail: 
shelm@pahousegop.com

 
 

Repairing and Improving Pennsylvania's Bridges and Highways are Key Factors to Future Prosperity


Read a Comprehensive List of Transportation Projects By County (as projected with new funding)

View Photos of some of the Bridge Projects in Dauphin County

Why Action is Desperately Needed


Pennsylvania highways bear 35 percent more traffic than the national average, with truck traffic at 200 percent the national average.

Transportation By the Numbers
 
 • Pennsylvania’s 41,158-mile highway system is larger than the state road systems of New York, New Jersey and the New England states combined (40,092). 
 • Approximately 36 percent of the state roads are considered “poor” or “mediocre” condition. 
 • The state is responsible for 25,321 bridges. 
 • Structurally Deficient Bridges: 6,536 total.(4,293 state; 2,243 local.) 
 • Weight-restricted bridges: 2,528 total. (829 state; 1,699 local.)
 • Closed bridges: 256 total. (42 state; 214 local.) 
 • Asphalt costs have risen by 250% in the last 13 years. 
 • Steel costs have risen nearly 184% in the last 13 years. 
  

Making Safety the Top Priority

 
Pennsylvania, sadly, is first in the nation with the number of structurally deficient bridges, and in the top half of having among the worst road conditions.  We have all seen the deteriorated bridges. Does anyone feel comfortable allowing school buses to cross? Isn’t it time our emergency services be allowed to cross every bridge in the Commonwealth?

Poor road conditions, traffic congestion and outdated features are estimated to cost state motorists more than $9 billion a year in vehicle-operating costs, crashes and road delays.

To protect the safety of our families, students and workers, this new transportation investment will help the state and local communities begin to upgrade road and bridge projects, while reducing congestion.

Keeping Pennsylvania Economically Competitive

To get to the Northeast or New England, you have to go through Pennsylvania to complete your journey. Our location – to get somewhere you have travel on Pennsylvania roads -- is an important advantage in the competition for jobs and economic growth.

A maintained transportation system is an important advantage in the competition for jobs and economic growth. For example, a sustained $2.5 billion annual increase in highway and bridge work would:
 
 • Boost the state’s total economic output by $6.5 billion, or 1.18 percent, to $559.8 billion. 
 • Create and sustain an additional 50,091 new jobs throughout the state’s economy, with a total annual payroll of $2 billion. 
 • Generate and sustain $19.4 million in state payroll tax collections and $61.4 million in state income tax revenue. 
 • Increase “value added” to the Pennsylvania economy, which measures the total value of output less the price of inputs, by $3.3 billion. 
 • After the construction sector, the biggest economic impacts from the investment would be seen in Pennsylvania’s manufacturing ($1.1 billion increase in output and 4,051 new jobs) and retail (5,174 new jobs) sectors. 
 • Doing nothing could cost the state 9,600 jobs and $1.25 billion from the state’s economy over five years. 


What Transportation Investments Mean to Pennsylvania

Safety First:
With more than 6,500 structurally deficient bridges statewide, Pennsylvania is the worst state in the nation for ensuring the safety of the bridges our family cars, school buses and industry trucks drive over each day. This package will help move us from worst to first in protecting our citizens.

50,000 Jobs Created:
The passage of a comprehensive transportation funding package will create more than 50,000 new jobs for our citizens and their families. In addition, the state will save 12,000 jobs that would have been lost without a new transportation commitment.

$1 Billion Saved: PennDOT will be required to implement $1 billion in cost-savings and efficiencies over the next decade alone. Our hard working families deserve to know that each and every dollar invested will be stretched as far as possible.

Long-Term Prosperity: Investing in our infrastructure helps build the foundation upon which we can promote and advance a successful 21st century economic development strategy.


Helping Our Local Governments Cope

Municipalities maintain approximately 78,000 miles of road and nearly 6,400 bridges. Currently, municipalities receive approximately $300 million in Liquid Fuels Tax allocations; they spend at least $1.3 billion annually. The bill would provide:
   
 • A 60 percent increase, or $220 million, a year in Liquid Fuels allocations statewide for local roads and bridges by the fifth year (see attached allocation by county list). 
 • Up to $40 million in PennDOT grant money by 2016-17 provided to coordinate traffic signals to alleviate congestion and save fuel. 
 • New funds to pave low-volume rural roads (dirt and gravel). 
 • Local savings of up to 20 percent local match per bridge under PennDOT’s bridge bundling program. 
 • Option for counties to assess a $5 vehicle registration fee to pay for transportation projects or services (local mass transit match). 
 • Relief from the 52-year-old prevailing wage threshold for local transportation projects (those funded by local governments). The threshold of $25,000 is increased to $100,000 effective 2014 and will allow better local management and control of local project costs. 
 
Building In Cost Savings

To ensure tax dollars are spent responsibly and stretched as far as possible, this transportation plan requires PennDOT to commit to cost-savings efficiencies that will save $1 billion over the next decade.  

To save local and state tax dollars, state-owned and/or locally-owned bridges would be “bundled” for the purposes of cost-efficient design and construction.

Needed Reform for the PA Turnpike Commission

Dealing with the stigma of state and federal investigations and indictments, this legislation will bring more accountability to the management of the PA Turnpike and strengthen oversight.
 
  A performance audit by the auditor general every two years. 
 • Appearance by Turnpike Commission officials before the Legislature every June.  
 • Term limits are reinstated for Turnpike Commissioners.  
 



Defining an Up-to-Date, Commonsense Funding Approach

 
Funding the state’s transportation system is critical, but no more so than protecting the tax dollars of hard-working Pennsylvania families. This package takes a more responsible approach to the way we pay for road and bridge projects.

The state will immediately eliminate the 12-cents liquid fuels tax that is paid by motorists at the pump. These revenues will be picked up by a millage rate adjustment to the Oil Company Franchise Tax (OCFT).

For years, oil companies have been taxed based on the price of gas in 1983 (when the average price of gas was $1.24), thanks to an artificial cap. As part of the new funding structure, this cap will finally be removed to ensure these taxes are paid at current-day prices.

Currently, the OCFT is 19.2 cents [(153.5 mills now) x ($1.25 cap) right now = 19.2¢ OCFT tax per gallon now], this legislation will adjust the millage rate to make up the Liquid Fuels Tax elimination, and increase the cap 9 cents on January 1, 2014 (and incrementally until fully uncapped in 2017).
 
Look at it like a property tax reassessment. They reassess your home because it has appreciated over time just like the wholesale price of gas. We are not increasing a property tax millage rate, just reassessing the value to reflect the current market value.

So, What’s the Cost to the Motorist When This Takes Effect on January 1, 2014?

The cost to consumer, in reality is unknown because no one knows if the wholesaler will pass along the entire tax – because currently, that is not done. If it were to be, and we were using the initial 9 cents, if a person’s car has a 15 gallon tank, and they fill it twice a week, the cost would be $2.70/week – less than the cost of a gallon of gas. Monthly, it would be about $10.80.

The cost of doing nothing will prove to be a greater burden on PA residents.  The cost to maintain our transportation infrastructure increases each year we defer improvements. According to a May 2013 report by TRIP, a national non-profit transportation research group, each year Pennsylvania’s failing transportation infrastructure costs Pennsylvania motorists $20.55 a week!