Pa. lawmaker wants PennDOT to take over turnpike

    A Pennsylvania State House Republican is making another push to consolidate the Turnpike Commission and Department of Transportation.Jim Christiana, a second term Republican, has written a bill to get rid of the state Turnpike Commission. Republicans have introduced similar measures in previous sessions, but the legislation has never gone anywhere. The GOP now controls the House for the first time since 2006, though. Christiana said the turnpike’s staff is out of sync with its responsibilities, arguing the commission has one manager for every 13 miles of roadway.”It’s just disproportional. It’s redundant. It’s inefficient operation of the Turnpike Commission,” said Christiana Monday. “And we should just allow PennDOT to do what they do for thousands and thousands of miles of roadway – and that’s just manage the roadways of Pennsylvania.”Christiana wants to abolish the Turnpike Commission, and create a subdivision within PennDOT to manage the road.A House Republican spokesman says the bill is “definitely” something GOP leaders want to look into during the legislative session, once work begins Jan. 18.

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