– Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) is in opposition of the ongoing discussion of the proposed Interstate-83 John Harris Memorial South Bridge project.
Considered an improvement project, it will include a total replacement of the South Bridge, widening the bridge to five lanes and reconfiguring the Lemoyne interchange on the West Shore. The estimated construction costs are between $500 million and $650 million. Due to the significant cost, the project is eligible for the PennDOT Pathways Major Bridge P3 Initiative, which includes tolling to pay for the construction and operations.
“The I-83 bridge is in need of construction, but there must be other alternatives than tolling this commuter bridge that local residents use to get to work and do business in the City of Harrisburg,” said Delozier. "These residents already pay 3x the Local Services Tax (LST) to work in Harrisburg, then charging them to get to and from work is not only unfair it will overburden the river towns of Lemoyne and Wormleysburg as people avoid the tolls."
This project comes after PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian unveiled plans to toll nine bridges throughout Pennsylvania in February. If approved, construction on the bridge will begin in 2024.
“PennDOT has been taking online surveys and having conservations about the proposed plans to local residents and businesses in Wormleysburg, Lemoyne and New Cumberland. I look forward to working with PennDOT for other options involving the I-83 bridge,” Delozier added.
A public meeting on the proposed I-83 South Bridge project is scheduled later this summer.
For more information on the project, visit PennDOT’s District 8 Regional Office website on construction projects and roadwork.
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