This month’s Argall Report: PennDOT’s broken promises

MAIDENCREEK TOWNSHIP – This month’s local TV program hosted by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) highlights a recent bipartisan public hearing focusing on local highway funding and promises made by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

“In the past few years, many promises were made by PennDOT to the people of Berks and Schuylkill Counties,” said Senator Argall. “Now, without legislative review or approval, PennDOT has adopted a new policy that focuses more funds on interstate highways rather than major local improvements on Routes 61, 222, and 422 that were promised years ago. Major projects in our area are being slashed. Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake.”

This edition of the Argall Report features testimony from state lawmakers, PennDOT, the Berks County Planning Commission, the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, the Schuylkill County Planning Office, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA).

“One day after our public hearing, the PennDOT Secretary announced that she was leaving to take a new job with SEPTA in Philadelphia.  I have made it abundantly clear both to my constituents and to Senate leadership:  I will not vote to confirm any new PennDOT Secretary who fails to give me a pledge in writing to complete major highway projects in this region. These projects were promised repeatedly to the people that I represent.”

This edition of the Argall report will air on:

  • Blue Ridge Communications (Channel 13) every Monday at 10 a.m. and every Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.
  • Berks Community Television (Comcast – Channel 15 and Service Electric – Channel 19) on Thursday at 8 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m.
  • Comcast On-Demand on Channel 1 – Get Local – Government – State Senate.
  • Reading (Channel 21) and Hamburg (Channel 19) every Monday at 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and every Tuesday at 9 a.m.
  • The program is available on Shen-Heights TV, Hazleton’s WLYN TV 35 and MetroCast Communications Channel 10.  Please check local listings for air times.

Senator Argall’s report is also available online at www.SenatorArgall.com.

 

Contact: Joshua J. Paul
717.787.2637