Roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure in Pennsylvania, and across the country, not only connect our communities, but also create the economic engines that transport the goods and services produced by our U.S. businesses, farms, and factories. U.S. products have long benefitted from transportation cost advantages that give our goods and services a competitive edge in the global marketplace. However, Pennsylvania currently has more than 5,000 structurally deficient bridges, the highest amount in the country. Additionally, Pennsylvania residents pay billions annually for additional vehicle operating expenses because of lost time and wasted fuel due to traffic congestion and crashes on inadequate roadways. We need to invest in our roads, bridges, railways, and waterways.
As a Subcommittee Chairman on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a former small business owner of a pavement-marking business, I am committed to investing in American infrastructure today, because fixing our roads and bridges in the future will only be more expensive if we do not maintain them now.
Therefore, in the 112th Congress, I supported legislation to reauthorize the federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety, and transit (MAP-21) until September 30, 2014. This bipartisan bill implements key reforms such as, streamlining the transportation approval process, giving more project authority to states, and cutting the amount of federal red tape involved in completing projects. These critical reforms will ensure that we can move forward with transportation projects more efficiently, while saving both time and money. Additionally, I introduced an amendment ensuring that the American people will know the safety implications of larger and heavier trucks and potential costs to states and localities. MAP-21 provides investment for surface infrastructure for 18 months or until September 30, 2014; however, I would have preferred that this legislation created a plan for the next five to ten years of infrastructure investment. States and localities struggle to make plans if Congress cannot reauthorize our surface infrastructure programs for the long-term. I will continue to work with my colleagues to find a new funding solution to shore-up the Highway Trust Fund, so that we can plan for the next five to ten years of infrastructure investment.
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on transportation infrastructure spending.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today looked back on the 114th Congress and highlighted his record of achievement in a variety of areas, including saving taxpayers more than $3 billion, combating the opioid epidemic, negotiating a new Highway Bill, protecting the steel industry, and strengthening after school programs for children. The 114th Congress opened in January 2015 and already has concluded much of its business leading into its final session days in November and December of this year. The 114th Congress has constituted Barletta’s third term in the U.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today won approval for funding for the design and construction of a new federal courthouse in Harrisburg, securing a total of $194,444,000 in a resolution passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of which Barletta is a member. As chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, Barletta has pushed for the project, including holding hearings in his subcommittee to discuss the proposal. The Harrisburg structure is part of the long-awaited federal courthouse
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced that Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) will see an increase of almost $2 million in a grant already awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grant was first awarded in May, totaling $8,836,394, with the FAA today announcing that the amount has been raised to $10,800,000, an increase of $1,963,606. The grant will be used to help maintain the structural integrity of runway pavement at HIA and help minimize foreign object debris. Barletta has long been a champion of the Airport Improvement P
CARLISLE – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced the award of a $5 million federal grant to the Borough of Carlisle for use in the completion of streets, intersection restoration, and improvements like pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The grant from the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) construction program will also cover transit facility upgrades, green infrastructure, and streetscaping. Barletta had sent a letter to DOT in support of the grant application submitted by Carlisle.
Click here or on image to view video of Rep. Barletta in a hearing examining cost-saving possibilities in real estate management across the federal government.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today declared victory in getting the Obama Administration to back off of fast-tracking a new motor carrier safety rule that would have been based on a flaw safety program. The recent Highway Bill contained provisions of Barletta’s legislation to improve the safety score calculations for carriers by making the scores more reflective of a company’s safety record. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is the lead U.S.
Click here or on image to watch Rep. Barletta’s opening statement at the subcommittee hearing on border station construction and funding.
Click here or on image to watch Rep. Barletta’s statement at a subcommittee hearing regarding rising FEMA disaster costs.