In response to the letter from Joseph R. Karlovits (“Damage to Roads,” July 7), the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission recognizes that construction projects can sometimes impact our neighbors. In order to lessen impacts, the commission communicates with local municipalities and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to understand any issues and address them prior to construction. During construction, the contractor and construction-management team keep in contact with these agencies to promptly address issues that arise, such as damage to local roads.
The roads mentioned in Mr. Karlovits’ letter were within the limits of the turnpike commission’s milepost 31-38 reconstruction project. This project was completed in November 2012, and all repairs to local roads related to damage from construction activities were completed. A final inspection of the project was held in November 2012; at that time, officials from local municipalities and PennDOT reviewed all completed work and listed any outstanding issues. All issues were addressed prior to the project being finished.
Also, the turnpike commission has given PennDOT $4.3 billion since 2007 as a result of Act 44 for local highway, bridge and transportation improvements throughout the commonwealth.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission takes its responsibility to local communities seriously.
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission