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Where is the money going to from Pennsylvania’s gasoline tax?
In 2013, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Act 89, which among other things gradually raised Pennsylvania’s gasoline tax to help fund infrastructure improvements.
The law was expected to raise more than $2 billion within five years, according to PennDOT.
To date, more than 2,440 projects have been completed statewide equating to more than $5.4 billion in road and infrastructure spending, according to PennDOT.
Another $5.4 billion is being spent on nearly 700 additional projects.
Additional funds are planned for long-term projects.
More than $63 million has been spent on projects that have been completed in Cumberland County to date, PennDOT reports.
This includes nearly $3 million to help replace Craighead Bridge, $22 million for improvements to the Interstate 83 interchange at Pennsylvania Route 588 and nearly $3 million to resurface portions of the Camp Hill Bypass, according to PennDOT.
Some of the most expensive projects in the works include improvements to Interstate 81.
Nearly $20 million is being invested to expand on and off ramps of Interstate 81 northbound and southbound lanes between exit 57 in Silver Spring Township and exit 59 in Hampden Township to create three lanes.
Those lanes are now open and the project is expected to be completed, including resurfacing, later this year.
Nearly $32 million is planned for interchange improvements to exit 29, King Street, on Interstate 81 in Southampton Township, according to PennDOT.
A full listing of projects is available by visiting projects.penndot.gov.
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