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Pennsylvania finalizes 2014 transportation projects

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 03 2014 10:55:37 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 03 2014 04:25:03 PM CDT

Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said it has finalized the highway, bridge and mass transit improvement projects that will begin this year as a result of a landmark transportation funding bill he signed in November.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said it has finalized the highway, bridge and mass transit improvement projects that will begin this year as a result of a landmark transportation funding bill he signed in November.
 
The administration said Thursday that about 250 highway and bridge projects and 50 mass transit projects will begin in 2014 as a result of the law. That puts the total at approximately 950 highway, bridge and mass transit projects beginning in 2014.

Corbett said the projects include rehabilitating the Buttonwood Street Bridge in Reading and resurfacing of the Trexlertown bypass in Lehigh County.

Overall, new spending under the law will tally about $950 million in 2014. In 2017, the new spending is expected to hit $2.3 billion, about a 40 percent increase over what was scheduled this year before the law passed.

The work is being financed by increases in fuel taxes and motorist fees and fines.