Improved Highways and Bridges
Today, Pennsylvania ranks second in our country in terms of the number of bridges in poor condition. Our current funding model simply doesn't allow for the improvements we truly need. Safety is our first priority, and so funds have had to be diverted from local and regional roadway expansion projects to instead maintain what we have in a safe condition.
Less Wasted Gas
So many of our highways and bridges are in need of repair, and rougher pavement results in more spending by commuters on vehicle maintenance and fuel. This can result in additional costs of up to $548 per commuter each year.
Additionally, without investing in added capacity on congested roadways, commuters will continue to waste fuel sitting in traffic. In some PA cities, this can cost up to $65 per commuter each year.
Less Traffic Congestion
In addition to wasted gas, sitting in traffic means commuters are also losing valuable time that could be spent on other activities. In some PA cities, congestion can result in up to 62 hours of lost time per commuter each year.
No one likes sitting in traffic, but did you know traffic congestion can have sizable economic impacts on the entire state? When truck traffic moves efficiently, goods and services get to market faster and more cheaply. Currently, Pennsylvania has five of the top 100 "truck bottlenecks" in the United States. In Philadelphia alone, congestion costs truck drivers up to 8.18 million hours per year!
More Predictable Driving Times
Keeping highways and bridges in good condition can help reduce lane closures. With more highway and bridge funding, the fewer last-minute and unpredictable closures will benefit everyone.
Improved Air Quality
When our bridges and highways are in good condition, it means fewer detours and out-of-the-way driving routes. When we drive shorter distances, our air quality benefits as well.