2009-01-22 / Local & State

PennDOT Outlines Wish Lists For Federal Stimulus

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Friday produced a list of the projects it hopes will qualify for a future economic stimulus program from the federal government.

PennDOT's highway and bridge projects on the list would cost $1.5 billion. A list of transit projects also was released.

PennDOT Secretary Allen Biehler said projects were selected that can get started quickly and cut the state's backlog of infrastructure needs.

"While the economic recovery bill is not yet enacted, we believe its primary thrust will be shortterm improvements and the candidate list is in line with that assumption,'' Biehler said.

The department said it was putting the lists forward now, but acknowledged more discussions with regional planning agencies will take place before a final list is adopted.

In Washington, House Democrats on Thursday unveiled a recession rescue package that includes billions for highways, rail and mass transit.

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