Turnpike boosts construction budget as traffic volume improves

May 11, 2021

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is resuming its quest to expand the toll road to at least three lanes in both directions, adding nearly $200 million to its construction budget for a total of $660 million for the coming fiscal year.

Turnpike officials report that traffic volumes are recovering after dropping significantly during the coronavirus pandemic. Commercial truck traffic, in particular, is returning, bringing with it more toll revenue.

Turnpike CEO Mark Compton described commercial traffic as “all the way back.” More than 150 of the 550 miles of toll roads across the state have been reconstructed, with another 16 miles currently under construction and 88 miles in design.

For a Post-Gazette article on the subject, click this link.


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