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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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) voted for H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA), a bipartisan bill that provides for continued investment in our nation’s water infrastructure, including ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, and ecosystem restoration. WRDA passed the House by a highly bipartisan vote of 408 to 2 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) announced that two projects in Pennsylvania have been selected to receive significant grant funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has been awarded $35,110,410 to construct a high-speed I-99/I-80 interchange, while the Harrisburg International Airport will be receiving $2,746,074 for runway rehabilitation.
WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) discussed student safety during a hearing in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. The hearing focused on the implementation of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act’s motor carrier provisions, which increased funding for and consolidated motor carrier grant programs, and streamlined programs to reduce administrative cost and regulatory burdens on states.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which included Congressman Lou Barletta’s (PA-11) Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA). DRRA implements broad reforms at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In particular, the legislation increases the federal emphasis on pre-disaster planning and mitigation, which will reduce the potential for future loss of life and address the rising costs of disasters throughout America. H.R.
HAZLETON – Today, Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration released the “Building a Stronger America” legislative outline on infrastructure:
WASHINGTON—Today Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11) and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) joined together as founding co-chairs of the Road Safety Caucus, to advance roadway safety in the United States in order to reduce fatalities and serious injuries related to traffic accidents.
HAZLETON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced that the Harrisburg International Airport has been awarded $10,932,964 in grant funding through the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Barletta has consistently championed efforts to invest in our nation's airport infrastructure, particularly through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today highlighted the need for stronger safety measures along highway work zones in the wake of the death of a PennDOT contractor who was struck and killed by a car as he was setting up a construction zone on Interstate-81 in Franklin County.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today led a hearing examining ways to save taxpayers billions of dollars by implementing legislation to streamline the disposal of excess federal real estate. The Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act (FASTA), which was signed into law in December 2016, creates a six-year pilot program to sell up to $8 billion worth of underutilized and vacant federal properties to create the best value for taxpayers.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today successfully added two amendments to a major piece of aviation legislation in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Barletta’s first amendment boosts Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding to help airports deal with the backlog of needed infrastructure projects. The second amendment requires a study of retroreflective paint on runways to determine safety and cost benefits. The amendments occurred during a committee markup of the 21st Century AIRR Act, H.R.