Repair Priorities: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s road conditions

As of 2008, a full 70% of Pennsylvania’s state-owned major roads had fallen out of good condition, meaning they will now be increasingly expensive to repair and maintain. Only 30% of Pennsylvania’s roads were in good condition, the state in which repairs are least expensive.

Pennsylvania’s highway spending priorities

Between 2004 and 2008, Pennsylvania spent 37% of its highway capital expenditures on road expansion – $857 million each year on average – but only 27% on repair and maintenance of existing roads – $616 million. That 37% of spending on expansion added 223 lane-miles to Pennsylvania’s road network.

Pennsylvania would need to spend $2.1 billion annually for the next twenty years to get the current backlog of poor-condition major roads into a state of good repair and maintain all state-owned roads in good condition. Shifting more funds toward repair would go a long way toward addressing the state’s maintenance needs.

Pennsylvania’s road condition goals

Pennsylvania uses the International Roughness Index to measure pavement condition and aims to have less than 7% of state-owned roads in “poor” condition at any given time.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s pavement management program, including the source and methodology for the above information, see the appendices of Repair Priorities.

Read more about Pennsylvania’s transportation spending

Smart Transportation Pennsylvania: Save Money and Growth the Economy
This Smart Growth America report provides more extensive analysis of Pennsylvania’s transportation spending priorities and recommendations for how state leaders can make the most of Pennsylvania’s transportation funds.

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