Ultimate verdict on road bill years away

There has been expected criticism of the state’s recently passed transportation bill.

Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch said he expected that, given that the bill’s foundation is billions of dollars in higher fees and wholesale tax increases, many of which will ultimately show up in the gas pump price.

But Schoch says he has been heartened by the amount of feedback he has received in support of the plan and acknowledgement that the cost of doing nothing to the state’s roads and bridges was greater.

Eventually, the higher fees and wholesale taxes, which we have reluctantly supported, will generate $2.3 billion annually for the state’s road and bridge work.

And we won’t be able to judge whether it’s been worth it for at least five years, by which time we better see improvement in Pennsylvania’s below- standard road and bridge conditions.