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Corbett announces more than 250 transportation projects

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Gov. Tom Corbett today outlined more than 250 projects that will start work this year because of the state's new transportation plan.

At least $2.1 billion will be invested in the state's highway and bridge network; about $600 million more than would have been available without the transportation bill passed last fall. Overall, more than 900 projects will get underway this year, Corbett said in a news release.

The transportation bill, known as Act 89, is expected to generate at least $2.3 billion a year to repair the state's bridges, highways and public transit.

"This plan is creating safer roads, bridges and transit systems while at the same time saving 12,000 jobs and creating 50,000 new ones over the next five years," Corbett said. "We are putting these transportation investments to work quickly as we strive to build a stronger Pennsylvania both now and in the future."

Some key Central Pennsylvania projects that are starting this year because of the transportation plan include:

• Wesley Drive resurfacing, Cumberland County, $2.2 million

• Interstate 283 resurfacing, Dauphin County, $5.2 million

• Route 230 resurfacing, Dauphin County, $2.2 million

• Route 222 resurfacing, Lancaster County, $4.5 million

• Route 283 resurfacing, Lancaster County, $8.5 million

• Route 72 resurfacing, Lebanon County, $1.7 million

• Interstate 83 resurfacing in Newberrytown area, York County, $3.9 million

The additional bridge work will allow weight restrictions to be removed from more than 100 state and locally owned bridges in 2014, the release said.

The transportation bill will help move nearly 50 transit projects to the design or construction phases in 2014. Also, liquid fuels reimbursements to help local governments improve their roads and bridges increased by $25 million, or 8 percent, this year, the release said. Over the next five years, those payments will grow to roughly $220 million.

"Our new transportation plan helps us build a stronger Pennsylvania for our citizens who expect and deserve safer roads and bridge, smoother pavements, fewer weight-restricted bridges, and stabilized transit services," Corbett said. "These improvements are starting without delay and the benefits of our plan are now on display in every corner of Pennsylvania."

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