CSVT project is still on the horizon
SUNBURY – As a transportation plan did not pass during the summer legislative session in Harrisburg, what does that mean for the future of the Central Susquehanna Valley Throughway project? State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program and talked about the topic.
She said, “The average age of our bridges is 54-years. Newsweek did a report while we were in Harrisburg. They did the top 10 and we were number one as far as deficient roads and bridges. So, it’s a real message to us that we need to do something.”
Schlegel Culver said the House wasn’t able to come to an agreement on a plan this summer. She said, “We have to figure out a way. Our car registrations and drivers licenses have not been raised since 1993. Ours is one of the cheaper ones nationwide.”
When it comes to raising taxes on gas, Schlegel Culver said, “We are not raising the gas tax at the pump ourselves. We are lifting a cap that was put on the wholesalers at a $1.25, with the mentality that gas would never increase beyond $1.25, and had never been addressed since that point. They are now talking about raising that cap. But, we are not naïve enough to believe that the cost won’t be passed on to the consumer.”
Schlegel Culver does support passing a transporation plan and the CSVT project, saying now is the time they need to get this done and they will continue fighting to push it through. She says early estimates show building the CSVT will bring thousands of jobs to the region over the 10 years it will take to build the bypass. You can hear more from Schlegel Culver from Tuesday’s On The Mark program online at www.wkok.com. (Ali Stevens)