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PennDOT unveils website to compare funding

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By Debra Pinkerton

A new PennDOT website shows what construction project PennDOT could accomplish depending on which transportation bills pass the state legislature.

For example, the site show that PennDOT wants to widen a portion of Interstate 81 to accommodate traffic in Cumberland County. But this project would only be funded if Gov. Tom Corbett's 10-year $1.8 billion transportation plan passes the legislature. It would not be funded if the Senate's 10-year $2.3 billion proposal passes.

Today, the House of Representatives proposed an amendment to the Senate plan, which would spend $1.9 billion in five years.  The PennDOT website has not yet added the details of the House plan.

Corbett's funding plan would allow PennDOT to widen a stretch of Interstate 81 from the Route 581 split to the Mechanicsburg exit. The roadway currently carries four lanes; it would be expanded to six. 

The website lays out dozens of other projects across the state.

"The projects are all laid out around the state and we compare the plans," said Steve Chizmar, a spokesperson with PennDOT. "We compare the governor's plan, we compare the Senate plan and we also look at what we can do or the realities we're going to face if there's no new money added."

Corbett has told lawmakers that he wants a transportation plan passed by June 30.

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