The Senate Transportation Committee scheduled a follow-up hearing on “The Delay and Delivery of Transportation Projects” on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 11:00am in Room 8 E-B. The purpose of the follow-up hearing is to engage the current and past PennDOT Secretaries on the list of $6 billion of “over-promised projects” that was included in PennDOT’s testimony from a hearing that occurred on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.
“The committee was very concerned with this announcement by the Administration since PennDOT did not substantiate what projects were included in their statement, and there are many important improvement projects throughout the Commonwealth to enhance safety and create economic development,” stated Senator Rafferty, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “Many transportation projects were identified and timeline-prioritized because of the need to improve the conditions of the state’s transportation system.”
The follow-up hearing on Monday, February 8, 2016, will feature the current PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards and the past PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch to look into PennDOT Secretary Richards following statement that was included in testimony provided to the Senate Transportation Committee on the day of the hearing. PennDOT Secretary Richards testified that, “The Corbett Administration over-promised projects by at least $6 billion compared to projections of available revenue for the next 12 years following Act 89. Absent a legislative solution, a number of these projects may not advance in the next 12 years.”
“Our roads and bridges are in need of attention and repair, which is why I and the other Transportation Chairs have been and will continue to be committed to providing the necessary oversight to monitor the delivery of transportation projects,” said Senator Rafferty. “The Senators passed Act 89, by a vote of 43-7 that was an overwhelming show of bipartisanship support, to make Pennsylvania safer for the hundreds of thousands of people who use our highways every day.”
Nolan Ritchie, Senate Transportation Committee, 717-787-1398