CSVT work will go from north to south
SUNBURY — You will see bridge construction first, when bypass plans go into action. Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch said if the governor’s budget passes, they will start in the north.
“We’ll start the design this summer, and then within a couple of years you would start to see construction,” Schoch said. ”The river bridge section would be the one we’d go with first. We’d want to complete the northern end first, from Route 147 down, go across the river and do a temporary tie to Route 15 while we finish the southern section, until we get the rest of the section built down to Selinsgrove. Overall it’s a huge undertaking.”
Schoch said the CSVT is certain if the funding goes through. “The governor has proposed a plan of raising $1.8-billion dollars for transportation over the next five years. Having that kind of package prepared, we would be able to finance that project.”
Schoch said the project overall will take between eight and ten years to complete. He said we don’t need to worry about an unfinished project. If construction begins, they are committed to finishing it. “The federal government has rules. If we’re using their money, we have to have a clear financial plan before they’ll approve us to start using any federal dollars, that says we have the ability to finance it all,” Schoch said. ”We would fully intend to do so. The last thing you’d want to do is create another missing link.”
Schoch was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program Monday. You can hear that program online at WKOK.com. (Codi Jade)