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PennDOT Announces Major Bridge P3 Initiative Candidate Project Locations

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has released the list of candidate bridges for the PennDOT PAthways Major Bridge P3 Initiative.

Through this program, PennDOT will be able to accelerate critical work on major bridges across the state by implementing user fees for the bridges chosen as part of this initiative.

PennDOT is considering nine (9) candidate bridges through the Major Bridge P3 Initiative. These bridges were selected based on the following criteria:

  • Located on an interstate or expressway;
  • Structures of significance based on size, location and cost to replace or rehabilitate;
  • Structural conditions that warrant timely attention to enhance safety and avoid disruption and community impacts if closure or weight restrictions were imposed;
  • Revenue potential of the bridge location based on general traffic levels;
  • Geographic balance across the state; and
  • Can begin construction in two to four years for near-term benefit.

The Major Bridge P3 Initiative is a component of PennDOT’s PAthways program, part of the department’s ongoing work to explore sustainable transportation funding options in response to a growing highway and bridge funding gap.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of highway and bridge funding is generated through gas taxes, but fuel consumption has been progressively decreasing. The PAthways program will aim to provide travelers, residents and businesses with high-quality transportation infrastructure by studying and implementing alternative funding solutions that could address near- and long-term highway and bridge needs.

What's Next?

Each bridge project will advance on its own independent schedule moving forward. PennDOT will evaluate each project for economic vitality and any potential localized impacts.

To learn more about the Major Bridge P3 Initiative and transportation funding in Pennsylvania, visit PennDOT’s website.

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P3 Office Team

Larry S. Shifflet, Deputy Secretary for Planning
Michael Bonini, Director
Joseph Gurinko, AICP, Deputy Director
James Nicastro, Project Manager
Madelyn Vergos, Executive Assistant
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