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Quality of roads is ‘train wreck’

PennDOT: Heavy traffic too much for state infrastructure

May 10, 2013

With the deteriorating conditions of roadways and bridges in the state affecting commerce and industry, the state Department of Transportation deputy secretary spoke to members of the state Forests......

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May-17-13 1:08 PM

I've driven on dirt roads that are smoother and in better condition than most city streets. It amazes me that people still buy cars instead of buying trucks.

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May-14-13 12:31 PM

The Quality of roads in South Side is a train wreck!

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May-10-13 7:19 PM

Why were the roads built without any foresight into increased traffic? If there are more vehicles using the roads today than the same time last year then, it is rational to believe that there should be more gas tax money being collected just due to the increased volume of users. Fuel economy standards haven't risen that much in five years.

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May-10-13 2:54 PM

This is the right time to repeal prevailing wage rules for these projects so the existing money can be stretched further.

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May-10-13 1:22 PM

""Is it any surprise that with modern commerce ... that we're putting wear and tear on these roads," Mallory told the group."

That is certainly an odd statement coming from the representative of the State that took so long to enact any type of "impact fee" to compensate for the impact of increased truck traffic.

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May-10-13 12:41 PM

15 bucks an hr. HA! DO you really think that's all they get paid? Maybe it is...I highly doubt it.

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May-10-13 10:54 AM

majorly absurd that it takes seven to mow the grass. do you really know why the penndot people were there? maybe HAHA, they were going to FIX something or work on something, again haha, but had to wait for someone to MOW that area? i would get frustrated seeing three looking down the hole they just dug while ONE is in there actually working. theres reasons behind it, mainly eating up our tax dollars, you all are right. now for the litter crews?? wtf? put the prisoners out there to earn their keep, hows come that isnt being enacted, or people on community service duty?? quit wasting 15 bux an hour on penndot crews to do that.

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May-10-13 8:58 AM

Last week along Rt. 220, there were 7 Penn Dot men standing around (well a couple were sitting on the guardrails) watching 2 employees mow. I did not know that it took so many to operate 2 mowers. I drove 30 minutes down the road and when I returned, yep, still there doing nothing...our tax dollars hard at work. Also if the Act 13 money would have gone where it was suppose to, there would be money to fix the roads. Instead Philadelphia and Pittsburgh had to take a substantial amount out first and for what, no gas drilling in going on in Philadelphia because they have banned drilling what does that tell you about politics in this state.

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May-10-13 7:30 AM

Yes, and the Penn Dot workers I've noticed are WAAAAYYY overstaffed and seem to take an absolutely ridiculous amount of time standing around.

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May-10-13 7:30 AM

We've had gas tax increases before that we were promised (read LIED to) that were to go to road repair. They just see this as an excuse to obfuscate ANOTHER money grab. In 2 years they'll be back whining for another tax increase.

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May-10-13 6:41 AM

Don you're right, I see a lot of 'wasted time' from Penn Dot and not lot of actual work for the money they are provided via our taxes.

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May-10-13 6:34 AM

"Mallory added that if nothing is done, it wouldn't surprise him in three to five years to see an increase in bridges that are closed or posted."


Another o' those "perks" of tax-cuts...crossing bridges (successfully) will be a ROLL-O'-THE-DICE!!!

How "exciting".

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May-10-13 3:57 AM

I have seen PennDot crews brushing berms, rolling berms, washing concrete bridges, crews picking up litter, doing just about everything except fixing the roadway. I have seen a crew of 8 picking up litter on RT 15.

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