Fall session may revive Pa. transportation debate

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It’s been more than two months since a proposal to raise billions to improve roads, repair bridges and support mass transit stalled amid the flurry of deal making that accompanies the Pennsylvania Legislature’s annual budget debate.

Since then, the Transportation Department announced new weight restrictions on about 1,000 state and local bridges.

Lawmakers will soon return to the Capitol from their summer break, with the prospects of a transportation deal as murky as ever.

PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said that major sticking points are the proper level of spending and how much money will be earmarked for mass transit.

The General Assembly has 21 voting session days left before the end of December. After that, the gubernatorial election will dominate state politics.

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Mark Scolforo covers state government for The Associated Press in Harrisburg. He can be reached at mscolforo@ap.org. Follow him on Twitter: @houseofbuddy.

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