Wolf Administration Announces 'Resurface PA' Initiative

Resurface PA will accelerate pothole repairs and interstate resurfacing

Shelby Cassesse
May 31, 2018 - 10:28 am
Governor Tom Wolf announces 'Resurface Pa.'

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced a statewide initiative to accelerate repaving work on interstates and pothole repairs.

PennDOT will invest about $181 million for Resurface PA, prioritizing $22.3 million for immediate pothole repairs statewide through June 30. Other projects include interstate improvements, resurfacing and preservation. A significant portion of the work will be financed with savings from other state projects. 

Governor Wolf says the difficult winter in Pennsylvania partly influenced the new initiative.

"This is a problem that plagues Pennsylvanians every year, but after this winter season we are accelerating repairs and much-needed projects to improve travel in the short-term and in the future," he said. "Resurface PA is our latest step to improve roadways across the state and enhance our roadways' safety and condition." 

Resurface PA will initiate 17 interstate paving and preservation projects set to begin this year and next year. The work will cover 255 miles of Pennsylvania roadways. 

Richards says Resurface PA is in addition to several road repair projects already in progress.

"Resurface PA builds on our significant and ongoing investments on rural and urban roadways alike," she said. "This initiative has made more resources available to accelerate years of interstate improvements while continuing our crews' ongoing hard work."

Prior to announcing Resurface PA, the state already planned 85 interstate projects covering 775 miles of roadway. In addition, PennDOT spent $17 million on pothole repairs statewide through the end of April this year.