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PennDOT considers tolling roadways

by: Alyssa Royster

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CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is looking for ways to close their $8.1 million highway and bridge funding gap.

According to PennDOT’s press secretary Alexis Campbell, about 74% of all their transportation funding comes from the gas tax. But due to the pandemic this year, that source of revenue fell short.

“In the early days when we were really hunkered down in March and April, our traffic volumes went down about 40% or higher during those early weeks and we lost about 400 million dollars…that’s never coming back,” said Campbell.

According to Campbell, they are looking at their options. One of which, to add tolls to major bridges on interstates and expressways.

“That would allow us to replace or make significant refurbishments to those big, big, bridges that need a lot of work on the interstate network and essentially make them self sufficient,” said Campbell.

State Representative Matt Gabler is concerned with PennDOT’s plans.

He thinks tolling a bridge would essentially mean tolling the entire interstate that the bridge is on.

“When you build a highway through our area in the 1960’s… let it be toll free for 60 years and then change the rules on us after people have made their investments, built their factories, established their jobs, made the investments in our area…then change the mathematics in a way that could hurt our jobs, hurt our families, and hurt our economy. There’s really not a way to adjust to that,” said Gabler.

Gabler says the public’s input is crucial, because if the community is against PennDOT’s plans, PennDOT can’t claim that the tolls are something the community wanted.

“I am calling on citizens across the region to make their public comments known that we don’t want our interstate highway the life blood of our local economy to be turned into a toll road,” said Gabler.

PennDOT’s plans are still under construction.

According to Campbell, they are still in the beginning stages, and will not move forward with any project without first getting the community’s input.

“We know that any decision we make has an impact on the community and that’s precisely why we really do want to hear that feedback,” said Campbell.             SEE VIDEO REPORT    ;   https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/penndot-considers-tolling-roadways/

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Here we go again...bad idea.  Below is a photo from 1983 in Connecticut where a truck lost its braked and crashed through a toll booth area and killed 7 women and children.  Bad idea!!

Original 1983 Story of Deadly Toll Plaza Accident - YouTube


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I figured their tax revenue would be down early on. One would think wear and tear on roadways and bridges would have been down as well due to less traffic. Also construction projects were delayed during covid restrictions as well so I would think outlays would be down. Also if the fuel tax was used only for roads and bridges that would help too. 

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50 minutes ago, pwacm said:

I figured their tax revenue would be down early on. One would think wear and tear on roadways and bridges would have been down as well due to less traffic. Also construction projects were delayed during covid restrictions as well so I would think outlays would be down. Also if the fuel tax was used only for roads and bridges that would help too. 

Yes but there payments that are not use driven like kickbacks, bribes, fancy meetings, and so forth...remember we are dealing with PennDOT 

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So, put more regulators on to keep honesty working and fire thieves immediately and very publicly.  Now's the time to do it while the iron's hot.  Just save the building costs and added danger of accidents at toll booths, and add a couple of cents to the gas taxes, and while doing that, add a few cents to pay for building up the trains!


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Albert Einstein

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Strict oversight is the key.  Too bad we don't have enough Trumps to put them in lots of financial positions to cut graft and stupidity.

The problem is with our society, not in the numbers.


"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything"

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