On Thursday, Feb. 18, PennDOT announced a plan to toll nine bridges to increase revenue and allow existing transportation funding to be used for other roadway maintenance, operations, and improvements. One of them is the Interstate 83 bridge that crosses the Susquehanna River, often referred to as the South Bridge

Please click here to read my initial thoughts on this proposal.
  

    
PennDOT is hosting an on-demand virtual public meeting for the proposed I-83 South Bridge Project now through this March 29, 2021. The meeting will be accessible online at all hours of the day at www.penndot.gov/i83SouthBridge .

The bridge is aging and no longer meets current design standards. PennDOT wants to pay for an upgrade through tolling, beginning 3-4 years from now.

Please review the materials presented in the virtual meeting and provide comments, which will be accepted throughout the duration of the meeting. Online comments can be submitted directly from the meeting website or via other comment submission methods, including:

  •   Email: i83SouthBridge@pa.gov
  •   Hotline: (717) 743-1005
  •   Mail: I-83 South Bridge Project, Attn: Derek Mitch, 2140 Herr St., Harrisburg, PA 17103

You can also attend a telephone town hall event to be held Tuesday, March 16. I'll have more details on participation a little closer to that date.   

   
The subject of tolling came up during a House Appropriations Committee budget hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Please click here to watch a recording of the exchanges between committee members and PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian.