(HARRISBURG) – Senator Cris Dush (R-25) urged area residents to make their voices heard during a PENNDOT telephone town hall about plans to toll nine bridges on Pennsylvania interstate highways – including the I-80 North Fork Bridges Project in Jefferson County.
“I continue to be strongly opposed the tolling plan,” Senator Dush said. “That’s a tremendous tax increase to our community and our employers. It is an astounding unilateral – not done by their representatives but by a board with no real accountability.”
The town hall is set for 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 25. There are three ways to join the town hall:
- Pre-registering at https://dashboard.teletownhall.us/registration/XZ3RGB2WJC7V to receive a phone call to join at the start of the meeting.
- Visiting penndot.gov/funding and click on the registration button to receive a phone call to join at the start of the meeting
- Calling (855) 756-7520, Entry Code Ext: 73539#.
In addition to the telephone town hall, PENNDOT is accepting comments:
- Online at: penndot.gov/funding, click on “virtual public meeting” and scroll to the bottom of the page to access the comment section. The public comment period for this virtual meeting closes on June 1;
- Through e-mail at: PennDOTPathways@pa.gov; and
- By phone at: (717) 325-6129.
On February 18, PENNDOT unveiled a plan to toll nine bridges. The proposed toll would be $1 to $2 for passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles would pay a higher toll based on number of axles. Last month, Senator Dush also supported Senate Bill 382 that reforms the Public-Private Transportation Partnership (P3) statute, and voids the PennDOT Pathways Major Bridge P3 Initiative.
Contact: Zach Ankeny