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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20590

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 4, 2004
Contact: Lori Irving, Telephone: (202) 366-0660
FHWA 5-04k

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $8.2 Million for Pennsylvania Highway and Bridge Projects

Investment Funds New I-95/Penn Turnpike Interchange, 19 Other Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced that newly released funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will help reduce congestion, enhance safety and improve traffic flow at key transportation projects around the state.

The Bush administration is providing more than $8.2 million for construction of a new interchange between Interstate 95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 476 in Philadelphia and 18 other Pennsylvania transportation projects.

"Investing in Pennsylvania's highways is the best way to get people to their jobs, families to their homes and goods to market," Secretary Mineta said.

Several of the projects will ease congestion on some of the state's most heavily traveled roads. The Bush administration has slated more than $1.1 million for the I-95/Pennsylvania Turnpike Interchange and more than $481,000 for the I-476 improvements.

Other projects include almost $464,000 for ferryboats for the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority and more than $434,000 for the renovation of exits 298 and 299 on Interstate 80 near Stroudsburg.

"The funding we're announcing today is an investment in the transportation infrastructure of Pennsylvania and the region," said FHWA Administrator Mary Peters. "The President understands that these investments are important to our quality of life and to keep our economy moving."

The Secretary of Transportation makes FHWA funds available after requests from states for project funds that meet criteria established by federal law and U.S. Department of Transportation regulations and procedures. Congress also designates funding for specific projects under these programs.

The following table shows the programs and projects funded by these grants.

Borders and Corridors 2,493,536
Cameron Street Bridge, Shamokin/Coal Townships, Northumberland County 579,892
Jim Thorpe Bridge Renovation Project 289,946
Pittston Connector Project 173,968
U.S. Route 422 Improvement Project 289,946
University Boulevard Interchange Project 579,892
US Market Street Bridge, Lycoming County 579,892
Ferry Boat 753,859
Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority Ferry Vessel Acquisition 463,913
Pittsburgh Water Taxi 289,946
Interstate Maintenance 2,076,012
I-476 Reconstruction and Widening Project 481,310
Interstate 80-Exits 298-299 Renovation Project 434,919
Pennsylvania Turnpike--Interstate 95 Interchange Project 1,159,783
ITS 1,781,960
Altoona, Pennsylvania, ITS 431,990
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce ITS System 809,982
Demonstration Project: Deploy Geospatial Emergency and Response System (GEARS) for Transportation 80,998
Roosevelt Boulevard ITS Enhancement Pilot Program 404,991
Swatara Township, Pennsylvania--Traffic Signalization Improvements 53,999
TCSP 1,101,795
Miller Farm Bridge 289,946
Scranton Nay Aug Park Enhancement Project 231,957
US-222 Kutztown Bypass 289,946
US30 Bypass-PA10 to US30 Business 289,946

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