PennDOT, Ag. Secretaries discuss light traffic road repair needs

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) – Secretaries of the State Departments of Agriculture and Transportation (PennDOT) have emphasized the bond the two industries share with each other and with the state’s economy.

During the meeting, PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian discussed the progress of the department’s Road Maintenance and Preservation (Road MaP) initiative, which included improvements to low-traffic roads such as those in use. by the state’s agricultural industry.

“We have been forced to shift funding from low-traffic roads to highways or other high-traffic roads, and we are doing what we can to solve this problem,” Gramian said.

According to studies carried out by the ministry, 26% of roads owned by PennDOT that are not highways or that are not part of the national road network are classified as “poor” on the international roughness index. On roads with fewer than 2,000 vehicles, the number drops to 33%.

“Investing in transport infrastructure strengthens the competitiveness of the agricultural industry. It ensures that farmers, agribusinesses and food processors can safely navigate and transport items to market and in a global economy, ”Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said.

On March 12, Governor Wolf signed a decree establish the commission, which was tasked with developing comprehensive funding recommendations for Pennsylvania’s vast transportation network.

The TROC included stakeholders from the transportation sector, the economy, and the public and private sector community, including majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate transportation and supply committees.

The TROC Report submitted to the Governor and the General Assembly on July 30, provides an overview of transportation financing in Pennsylvania and describes the panel’s consideration of several potential revenue sources, including road user charges, tolls, reorientation of funding, fees and taxes.

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