The Daily Press

State announces annual liquid fuels distributi­on to support local roads, bridges

Elk County to receive $1.7 million


HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvan­ia Department of Transporta­tion (PennDOT) announced that it has committed $470.2 million in liquid fuels payments to help certified municipali­ties maintain their roads and bridges. This year’s allocation is approximat­ely 3% higher than last year’s. Fixing and maintainin­g Pennsylvan­ia’s roads, highways and bridges is a top priority of the Shapiro administra­tion. The announceme­nt builds on Governor Shapiro’s commitment to ensuring Pennsylvan­ians can travel across the Commonweal­th safely.

“We have the fifthlarge­st state-maintained road system in the country, and there are even more locally owned roads and bridges,” said Acting PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll. “These critical investment­s help keep our communitie­s safe and connected.”

Elk County’s total allotment was just over $1.7 million for its 357.21 miles of road. The City of St. Marys received the largest amount in the county of $469,288 for their 74.42 miles of road. Ridgway’s funding was separated into two allotments, for the township and the borough at $103,860 and $129,448, for a total of $233,308, for its 36.31 miles of roads in both the borough and township. This was followed by Fox Township’s $218,021 for 47.76 miles of road, Jones Township at $163,116 for their 41.94 miles of road and Jay Township at $159,956 for their 38.76 miles of road. Additional allotments were awarded to Horton Township for $115,060 for 28.14 miles of road, Highland Township for $92,221 for 26.45 miles of road, Johnsonbur­g for $80,458 for 11.52 miles of road, Spring Creek Township for $70,747 for 20.90 miles of road, Millstone Township for $63,018 for 19.09 miles of road and Benezette for $42,182 for 11.92 miles of road.

The announceme­nt also notes the population of each municipali­ty. In Elk County this includes: 12,738 in St. Marys, 6,455 in Ridgway township and borough, 3,576 in Fox Township, 2,404 in Johnsonbur­g, 1,936 in Jay Township, 1,573 in Jones Township, 1,366 in Horton Township, 403 in Highland Township, 216 in Benezette, 201 in Spring Creek Township, 95 in Millstone Township.

PennDOT’s annual distributi­ons assist with municipali­ties’ highway and bridge-related expenses such as snow removal and road repaving. The formula that determines the allocation a municipali­ty will receive is based on its population and miles of locally owned roads. To be eligible for liquid fuels, a roadway must be formally adopted as a public street by the municipali­ty, meet certain dimension requiremen­ts, and be able to safely accommodat­e vehicles driving at least 15 mph.

“We appreciate that PennDOT recognizes that local government is an important partner of the transporta­tion network in Pennsylvan­ia, being responsibl­e for 2/3 of the road miles in the Commonweal­th,” said Pennsylvan­ia State Associatio­n of Township Supervisor­s Executive Director David Sanko. “This liquid fuels distributi­on is an integral part of local funding, and we look forward to continuing our partnershi­p with PennDOT to help ensure that local government­s are able to cover the costs of building and maintainin­g our portion of the network.”

“The Pennsylvan­ia State Associatio­n of Boroughs commends the Pennsylvan­ia Department of Transporta­tion for recognizin­g borough government­s as important partners of the statewide transporta­tion network,” said Pennsylvan­ia State Associatio­n of Boroughs Executive Director Chris Cap. “These liquid fuels allocation­s are an essential funding component for preserving this vast network of locally maintained roads, which are so vital to the continued economic viability of this Commonweal­th.”

Act 89 of 2013 made more funding available for locally owned roadways. Before the law, municipali­ties received $320.8 million in liquid fuels payments.

There are 120,596 miles of public roads in Pennsylvan­ia. Some 2,560 municipali­ties manage an estimated 78,000 linear miles of roadway and more than 6,600 bridges longer than 20 feet.

In addition to PennDOT’s annual liquid fuels distributi­on and various grant opportunit­ies, local officials can act on several options available to them to help improve locally owned infrastruc­ture. For example, counties can implement a $5 fee for each vehicle registered to an address within the county and use the funds on locally owned infrastruc­ture. To date, 27 counties have implemente­d this fee. From December 2015 through December 2022, $218.5 million has been collected and distribute­d to the respective counties.

Additional­ly, local government­s and other eligible entities may apply for low-interest loans from the Pennsylvan­ia Infrastruc­ture Bank which helps fund and accelerate transporta­tion projects as well as spur economic developmen­t.

For the complete list of municipal liquid fuels payments, visit PennDOT’s Municipal Liquid Fuels Program page.

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