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Would you pay $2.50 per week for better transportation?

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

Peter Javsicas, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Transportation Solutions, said the state’s taxpayers support paying more for improvements to roads, bridges, transit and other transportation modes:

"The evidence is in. The studies are done, the reports are reported and the people have been polled.

"All signs point to wide public acceptance of a bipartisan transportation funding bill - as already approved overwhelmingly by the Pennsylvania Senate. The $2.5 billion Senate bill affirmed the findings of two authoritative Governor’s Commissions under two different governors. Jobs and economic well-being in every district, every rural area, every town and city in the Commonwealth depend on well functioning roads, bridges and transit.

"Now, Pennsylvanians are looking for responsible action from the House of Representatives. House members who truly represent the public would be wise to vote with the public.

"Extensive Franklin and Marshall polling data show consistently that the public is willing to accept as much as $2.50 a week in increased driving expenses."

The full article is here.

According to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, voters nationwide approved 19 of 21 ballot measures related to increased transportation funding on Election Day.

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Pennsylvania American Water has completed $18 million in rehabilitation work at its Thorn Run and Lake Oneida dams in Oakland Township, Butler County. The three-year project improved the dams’ spillway capacity to improve safety.

Previous Post-Gazette coverage of the project is here.

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menatworkRoute 28 will have single-lane traffic in both directions in the construction zone between the 40th Street Bridge and East Ohio Street starting at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday during installation of traffic cameras and lighting. Work concludes by 5 a.m. each day except Saturday, when restrictions are possible until 8 a.m. The outbound lane closure will be delayed on Wednesday and Friday to accommodate traffic from Penguins home games.

Bridge repairs will cause lane closures on Interstate 279 between the Veterans Bridge and Fort Duquesne Bridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The northbound E-ZPass express lanes on the Mon-Fayette Expressway between Finleyville and Jefferson Hills will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, weather permitting, for maintenance. Drivers will use the “slow” E-ZPass lanes on the right.

Lane closures are possible on Route 65 in the area of the bridge over Fremont Street in Bellevue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Wednesday during inspection.

Northbound Route 65 will have a lane closure near Cross Street in Leetsdale from until 3 p.m. today, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, during bridge repairs.

Traffic on Butler Street near the Pittsburgh Zoo will be rerouted onto a temporary roadway stretching from One Wild Place to Baker Street starting around 9 a.m. Tuesday. The detour will allow PennDOT to demolish and replace the 99-year-old Heth’s Run Bridge.

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