PennDOT responds to Trump's infrastructure plan

(WBRE/WYOU) -- President Trump is revealing his 2019 budget and a sweeping infrastructure plan with an interesting twist.

His administration detailed a plan to spur $1.5 trillion in spending over 10 years, but only a fraction of that would come from federal dollars.

The rest is up to the states to either foot the bill or work with private companies that can.

Spokesperson James May said many of PennDOT's projects are funded through a combination of federal, state, and local dollars.

He said PennDOT already has a list of priorities ready to go, and the state has made a lot of progress against the backlog of projects, but more work needs to be done.

"Right now we have a number of bridges here in NEPA that are structurally deficient, so we want to begin working on those," said May.  "We're also always looking at the roads that need to be improved, and this is the time of the year when we're seeing a lot of potholes out there."

Trump's announcement came on the same day that Governor Tom Wolf outlined plans to fix more locally owned bridges and improve more than 1,100 miles of rural roadways through a $200-million investment over five years.


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