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PennDOT 12-year plan outlines county funding

The state Department of Transportation announced an update to its 12-year transportation program, and Centre County is getting a $150 million slice of the pie. CATA is expanding their transportation center.
The state Department of Transportation announced an update to its 12-year transportation program, and Centre County is getting a $150 million slice of the pie. CATA is expanding their transportation center. adrey@centredaily.com

The state Department of Transportation announced an update to its 12-year transportation program, and Centre County is getting a slice of the pie.

The new plan anticipates almost $62 billion being available during the next 12 years for improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads, a PennDOT news release said. It’s a slight drop from the $63 billion in the 2014 update.

The program, which takes effect Oct. 1, anticipates $11.3 billion being available for state highway and bridge projects in the first four years, the release said, and $8.6 billion for public transportation.

More than $150 million will be coming to Centre County for two separate projects, according to the release. The Centre Area Transportation Authority has $31.7 million coming its way for facility expansion.

CATA spokeswoman Jackie Sheader said the funds were included in the budget for the new CATA facility, which is expected to be completed in 2018. Work on the maintenance garage and construction of new administrative offices are slated for the final steps.

The county will also be receiving $122 million as part of the U.S. Route 322 relocation in Potter Township, the release said.

Work on the highway was detailed by the CDT in March as a new four-lane highway will be built starting at Decker Valley Road, around the nose of the mountain to another full interchange outside of Potters Mills. New on- and off-ramps will also connect a completed bridge to Sand Mountain Road, removing the intersection crossing 322.

“Through ongoing efficiencies at PennDOT, we continue to stretch taxpayers’ dollars to reach as many transportation needs as possible,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said in the release. “This update reflects the progress we are making, chipping away at our large backlog of pavement and bridge needs while adding some capacity expansion to address long-standing desires for better mobility.”

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