HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s transportation plan, Act 89, allows the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to distribute nearly $445.3 million in liquid fuels payments to certified municipalities on March 1 to help them maintain their roads and bridges.
This distribution marks a $64 million, or 16 percent, increase over the $381 million distributed in 2015. In 2013, before Act 89 was enacted, municipalities received $320.8 million in liquid fuels payments.
Liquid fuels allocations are annual payments to municipalities to help pay for highway and bridge-related expenses such as snow removal and road repaving. There are 120,039 miles of public roads in Pennsylvania, with 72,759 of those miles owned by municipalities and eligible for liquid fuels. The formula for payments is based on a municipality’s population and miles of locally-owned roads.
To be counted as eligible for liquid fuels, a roadway must be formally adopted as a public street by the municipality, meet certain dimension requirements and be able to safely accommodate vehicles driving at least 15 mph.
Gross allocations to Abington area municipalities are as follows:
• Clarks Green Borough, $45,240.91
• Clarks Summit Borough, $164,581.46
• Dalton Borough, $46,721.44
• Factoryville Borough, $35,015.86
• Glenburn Township, $48,951.38
• La Plume Township, $21,904.38
• Newton Township, $136,115.45
• Nicholson Borough, $23,664.26
• Nicholson Township, $104,754.50
• North Abington Township, $44,238.03
• Ransom Township, $68,035.72
• South Abington Township, $279,686.25
• Waverly Township, $59,039.71
• West Abington Township, $21,242.62
A complete list of municipal payments by county is available online at bit.ly/1QpbZ1K.
Information provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.