Pennsylvania's Transportation Commission has approved a 24% cut in planned improvements to highways, rail freight, bridges, and aviation over the next 12 years.
This means that starting Oct. 1, the state plans to spend $51.6 billion to improve transportation infrastructure, down from $67.9 billion anticipated in 2009. The cut amounts to $16.3 billion.
Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Allen Biehler issued a statement attributing the cut to the questionable levels of federal funding and dwindling state resources.
Governor Ed Rendell has asked the state legislature to meet Aug. 23 to reexamine transportation needs.