Turnpike waste

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

After reading former Gov. Dick Thornburgh's commentary about the turnpike ("Abolish the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission," Dec. 23), I just had to get something off my chest. A few years ago, I was working at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, and instead of using Route 51 with all of its lights, I decided to use the turnpike and Route 70 back to Route 51.

Between the Monroeville and Irwin exchanges, the turnpike had a three-month project. For the first month and a half, they graded about every 30 feet and patched the humps. After a month and a half of this (night turn at time-and-a-half), they decided to remove all of the surface and put a new one down. Could someone please tell me why they had to patch it before removing it? Talk about wasting money and giving someone some pocket change. It's time to get rid of this big money-sucking machine.

P.S. Gov. Thornburgh was the best governor for Western Pennsylvania. He did more for the roads in our area than any other one.


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