The drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are benefiting from the current expansion and improvement effort that was started years ago. However, local residents living in those work areas are experiencing just the opposite.
As an example, over the last three years, there has been a major work effort on the turnpike in the northern suburbs. We have had road closures and thousands of trucks traversing our local roads hauling fill material from the turnpike work. Examples are Warrendale, Pierce Mill and Graham roads.
Turnpike trucks hauling fill material over those roads have destroyed the pavement. What the turnpike has left the residents are roads filled with cracks, potholes and surface irregularities.
Common sense would dictate that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission should be responsible for repaving the roads it has destroyed.
However, what we see is the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation doing temporary patching.
Since the turnpike is continuing to raise its tolls, part of those increases should go to repairing the damage the turnpike has caused the residents of Pennsylvania. It’s a common sense thing, but in today’s government, that seems to be lacking.
JOSEPH R. KARLOVITS