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New funding for Pa. highways to be available in April

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press

HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvanians should soon start seeing highway projects funded under the states major new transportation funding bill signed four months ago by Gov. Tom Corbett. Among those projects is the Route 322 project from the State College area to the Mifflin County line.

Transportation Sec. Barry Schoch said Monday work will begin in April on about $2 billion in highway projects that the states releasing for the summer construction season.

Schoch said the transportation funding bill contributed about $500 million of that, or enough for another 200 projects.

One of those projects is the Route 322 expansion through the Seven Mountains area of Centre County. Work on that stretch of roadway is not expected to start immediately, but within the next year, with funds coming from the new transportation bill.

Despite the anticipation of the long-awaited Route 322 roadway redesign, some in Boalsburg, just east of State College in Harris Township, are concerned about the upcoming project at how it could impact the community.

The Harris Township manager said she's concerned about where PennDOT plans to put the highway and how it will look, saying she didnt want the highway going through Boalsburg.

In the meantime, Schoch said road crews will be busy filling potholes opened by this winter's vicious freeze-thaw cycle.

Under the law, higher fuel taxes, motorist fees and traffic fines will unfold over four years to collect an estimated additional $2.3 billion a year for state spending on roads, bridges and mass transit, totaling a 40 percent increase.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times