The I-80 North Fork Bridges Project is proposed to be funded in part by a bridge toll.
PennDOT currently faces an 8.1-billion-dollar gap in annual highway and bridge funding. This means we are not generating enough funds to properly maintain, restore and expand our transportation network. We are taking action to find reliable sources of funding through the PennDOT Pathways program.
As the mobility needs of Pennsylvania have grown, the amount of funding required to support our highway and bridge network has continued to increase. Much of our current funding comes from gas taxes and driver and vehicle fees. While this model worked well in the past, circumstances today have made it unsustainable. With PennDOT Pathways, we are looking for reliable, future-focused funding solutions that will meet our growing needs while serving our communities and all Pennsylvanians for generations to come.
For more information about PennDOT Pathways, visit www.penndot.gov/funding.
One of the funding solutions we are studying is the implementation of bridge tolls on major bridge projects across the state. The I-80 North Fork Bridges Project is one of several projects being evaluated as a candidate for bridge tolling as a part of the PennDOT Pathways Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership (P3) Initiative. You can learn more about the program and initiative at the link above.
A bridge toll is a fee that drivers pay when using a specific bridge, often by using a service like E-ZPass. The funds received from this toll would go right back to the I-80 North Fork Bridges Project to pay for its construction, maintenance and operation.
As part of the environmental review process, we are evaluating the effect bridge tolling may have on local communities from traffic diverting onto other roads to avoid paying the toll. Part of this analysis will look at potential impacts to low-income and minority populations. We will continue to work closely with you and your communities as the project advances. The project team will host an additional public meeting later this year to present the findings of these environmental studies and the Diversion Route Analysis in the region.