Transportation Funding Impact

Transportation Funding Impact

The house approved a temporary bill to extend the highway trust fund through next May, but the senate has yet to act. Eyewitness News D.C. correspondent Chenelle Terry reports on what the impact would be on Pennsylvania if a bill isn't passed before the August recess.
Moosic, Lackawanna County- Pennsylvania's Senior Senator was in hometown of Scranton Friday morning -- looking to keep road projects on the right track.
 
Senator Bob Casey is urging his colleagues to keep the highway trust fund solvent through the end of this year.
Standing in front of the crumbling Main Street Bridge in Moosic, Casey says a projected funding shortfall in early August could stall several local road projects.
Casey says halting the projects would negatively impact jobs and economic growth.





Washington, D.C.-Each day, millions of commuters rely on roads and bridges to get them from point A to point B.
 

  John Robert Smith is the  Chairman of Transportation for America.
"We all have to get to work, we have to get to education, we have to get to the grocery store, to visit our family. We do that on infrastructure that is provided by local state and federal governments working together"
 
But money to maintain that infrastructure is running low and without a hike in the gas tax to fill the gap Congress is scrambling to find a solution.
 
"We don't get it done, you're going to have the transportation equivalent of a government shutdown. " noted Senator Bob Casey
 
The highway trust fund finances nearly all federally-supported transportation construction in the country, stop the flow of money and you stop the groundwork on projects nationwide.

"Pennsylvania has over 5,000 structurally deficient bridges. We can't ignore that. They must be fixed, we have to find a way to fund it and it needs to be a long term bill." added Congressman Lou Barletta
 
The house approved an 11 billion dollar short term fix to avoid jeopardizing up to 700,000 construction jobs.

"I might be out of a job because I'm a construction worker and my company might downsize me so I'm worried about it." said Claude Balou an employee with Shanska USA Inc.
 
All eyes are now on the senate as the fund is due to run out of money by the end of August.
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