The recently adopted transportation funding package gives much-needed support to rural Pennsylvania. One aspect of the transportation bill was the inclusion of $35 million earmarked for the state’s Dirt and Gravel Roads Program. This funding will specifically provide for work that otherwise would have gone untouched as the financial means to undertake these projects previously didn’t exist.
Currently there are more than 14,000 dirt and gravel roads in need of infrastructure improvements in Pennsylvania. Through partnerships with multiple stakeholders, conservation districts will be able to begin to implement on-the-ground efforts that will result in improved areas. These roads will now be safer when being traveled to and from work, school and other community events. This equates to a decrease in our general travel time and allows us even more opportunity to enjoy the communities we call home.
This transportation package is a clear win for all Pennsylvanians as it allows for the improvement of the state’s environment and economy. Conservation districts stand on the front line ready to address these unpaved roads, benefiting each of us in our local areas.
An investment in Pennsylvania’s infrastructure is a much-needed investment in our future.
Director of Public Affairs and Education
Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts