HARRISBURG — The House today passed a resolution authored by Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to compare PennDOT’s practices in maintaining and completing infrastructure projects to other similar states.
Ortitay spearheaded the fight against PennDOT’s ill-fated, nine-bridge tolling plan that Commonwealth Court voided after it found the agency has no authority to toll the bridges.
“Over the last two years, there’s been a lot of talk about how PennDOT is funded and where the money comes from,” Ortitay said. “While I welcome those conversation, we also need to be focus on the cost side of the equation and look for alternative ways of doing things. Technology is constantly changing and emerging. This study will produce a report that shows us what other comparable departments of transportation are doing and what PennDOT could do to improve operations across the state. I look forward to seeing the report and am hopeful we’ll find better ways of addressing costs and improving the quality of our roads and bridges.”
House Resolution 130
gives LBFC 18 months to complete its study and deliver a report to the majority and minority chairs of the House and Senate Transportation committees. Components of the study will include:
• Conditions of highways and bridges to understand efficacy of management, funding provided and results achieved.
• Total dollars and percentage of state transportation funding versus federal transportation funding.
• Operation costs and maintenance budgets.
• Vehicle miles traveled comparing residents and out-of-state vehicles.
• Total miles of state-owned and maintained highway.
• Total number of state-owned and maintained bridges.
• Use of new technologies and engineering advancements.
The 46th Legislative District includes Collier and South Fayette townships and Bridgeville, Heidelberg, McDonald and Oakdale boroughs in Allegheny County. It also encompasses Canton, Cecil, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson and Smith townships and Burgettstown, McDonald and Midway boroughs in Washington County.
Representative Jason Ortitay
46th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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