Begin Main Content Area

 Content Editor ‭[1]‬

PennDOT Pathways: Next Steps

Next Steps

This page is best viewed in Chrome, Edge or Firefox.

To support PennDOT Pathways, an alternative funding Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study is underway to identify near- and long-term funding solutions and establish a methodology for their evaluation. One of the early findings of the PEL study is that bridge tolling of major bridges in need of replacement or rehabilitation could be a viable near-term solution. To advance this funding alternative, PennDOT is simultaneously pursuing the first initiative of the PennDOT Pathways Program: The Major Bridge P3 Initiative.

PennDOT Pathways

A long-term program to analyze and implement new future-focused sources of funding for our transportation system that could better serve our communities and all Pennsylvanians for the next generation.

Planning and Environmental Linkages Study

A study evaluating potential funding solutions to support the PennDOT Pathways Program and identifying which ones could be used in the near- and long-term to help build stable and dedicated transportation funding for Pennsylvania.

Potential Mid/Long Term Solutions

Congestion Pricing

Corridor Tolling

Road User Charges

Fee & Tax Increase

Future Initiatives

Future initiatives will include alternative funding approaches identified for implementation as recommended in the Planning and Environmental Linkages Study.

Potential Near-Term Solution

Managed Lanes

Bridge Tolling

Planning and Environmental Linkages Study provides methodologies for Environmental Justice, Diversion Route Analysis, and Mitigation. Both options require, and Bridge Tolling has, P3 board approval.

Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership Initiative

Initiative to toll major bridges in need of replacement or rehabilitation. Major bridge tolling can be implemented in the next 2 to 4 years to address today's funding gap. The ability to toll requires the use of a Public-Private Partnership (P3) contracting method, authorized by the P3 Board to make this a viable alternative funding option — a tool in our toolbox. Each bridge project advances on its own schedule through:

  • National Environmental Policy Act*
  • Public Involvement**
  • Engineering
  • Right-of-Way Acquisition
  • Permits
  • Utilities
  • Geotech
  • Gantry Design
  • Diversion Route Analysis
  • Mitigation

*National Environmental Policy Act required public involvement

**Required Planning Study Public Involvement