Hess Joins Governor and Lawmakers in Call For Action on a Transportation Funding Plan

HARRISBURG – Rep. Dick Hess (R- Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon), majority chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Thursday joined Gov. Tom Corbett and legislative colleagues to call for action on a transportation funding plan, emphasizing public safety and economic impact.

“I have been participating in meetings with the administration and House and Senate colleagues to formulate a sound funding plan for our Commonwealth roads and bridges,” said Hess. “We are making progress on legislation on which all parties can reach agreement. This is vital to public safety in Pennsylvania, and will aid the economy overall.”

Hess participated in a press conference in Cumberland County at the interchange of Interstate 83 and State Route 581 with Corbett; Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery), majority chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee; Department of Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch; and others.

In addition to the problems bad roads and bridges cause in suburban and urban areas, Hess emphasized the impact in rural areas.

“The stress placed on rural roads and bridges causes a hardship for our school districts, farmers and businesses throughout Pennsylvania,” said Hess. “For example, the impact that posted load limit bridges has on school districts means longer routes, earlier pick-up times, later arrivals and more. For farmers, access to fields and agriculture-related businesses is more difficult, and the transport of goods is impacted as well. This all adds up to a massive economic effect in rural areas, which means a large part of the Commonwealth.”

Hess said the cooperative effort to get a responsible infrastructure plan in place has been ongoing.  “I will continue to work with the administration and the Senate to build a good, sound bill that will benefit all of Pennsylvania by the end of the fiscal year,” said Hess.

Representative Dick Hess
78th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact:  Raymond Smith
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