Since its inception, I have adamantly opposed PennDOT’s Major Bridge P3 proposal. The proposal was an attempt to place tolls on nine interstate bridges across Pennsylvania, including the John Harris Memorial (South) I-83 Bridge over the Susquehanna River. On June 30, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by municipalities against PennDOT and declared the agency has no authority to implement its plan to toll the bridges. I am both grateful and relieved the court recognized that the P3 legal process was not followed and shut down this effort.

Additionally, Senate Bill 382 was presented to the governor. This important bill would reform the Public-Private Transportation Partnership (P3) statute to increase transparency and clarify the General Assembly’s voice in the P3 process. The legislation would require PennDOT to create a detailed analysis of all P3 proposals to include exact locations and cost estimates, as well as social, economic and environmental impacts before a P3 Board to approve. I hope the governor signs this bill into law to ultimately ensure a situation like this cannot happen again in the future.