Pennsylvania flush with cash for transportation projects

In this photo made on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, a covering is in place under the superstructure as work continues on the Birmingham Bridge that spans the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. The work is part of an ambitious agenda that will accelerate highway and bridge repairs that Pennsylvania is implementing thanks to a $2.3 billion package of higher taxes, fees and fines supported by former Gov. Tom Corbett, who was defeated in his 2014 re-election bid. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
In this photo made on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, a covering is in place under the superstructure as work continues on the Birmingham Bridge that spans the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. The work is part of an ambitious agenda that will accelerate highway and bridge repairs that Pennsylvania is implementing thanks to a $2.3 billion package of higher taxes, fees and fines supported by former Gov. Tom Corbett, who was defeated in his 2014 re-election bid. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania is implementing a multibillion-dollar transportation work blueprint at a time the federal government is doling out less money for such work.

The higher taxes, fees and fines approved in 2013 are being phased in over five years to generate $2.3 billion mostly for roads and bridges. There will be millions more for railroads, seaports and airports.

Data analyzed by The Associated Press show the state’s increased spending comes even as money made available to the states from the Federal Highway Trust Fund declined 3.5 percent between 2008 and 2013.

In Pennsylvania, the federal funds shrank from $1.7 billion to $1.6 billion- 5.9 percent, or 13 percent when adjusted for inflation.

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