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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Shame on all who let our roads crumble

  • The issue of roads in Pennsylvania is always one of bad and worse.
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  • The issue of roads in Pennsylvania is always one of bad and worse.
    A recent national report which was released put this state way down at the bottom when it comes to the condition of our roads and bridges.
    And it shows.
    All you have to do is take a two-hour drive and make a loop through New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
    Those states obviously have invested in their roads and bridges. The interstates are smooth, well marked and generally in good shape.
    And then there is Pennsylvania.
    Simply travel on Interstate 84 west from New Jersey. You go all the way through New Jersey and you feel like you are riding on glass.
    But then you cross into the state of Pennsylvania and it changes dramatically.
    The roads become instantly terrible and the lines are not even painted.
    Not only is it ridiculous, it is dangerous. There are some stretches which have absolutely no lines whatsoever. It's hard to see your own lane.
    This is especially dangerous if the weather is bad and has no doubt caused many accidents and traffic deaths.
    And this is just one stretch of a major interstate in Pennsylvania.
    The same scenario plays out all over the state.
    Most states which have toll roads at least put that money back into those roads so when you drive on them you get what you paid for at those booths.
    But in Pennsylvania, we have a Turnpike Commission filled with corruption and dirty deals which have been happening for years. And they just raised the tolls once again.
    Page 2 of 2 - If you drive down the more rural state roads in Pennsylvania, hang on to your hats. It's hard say how many hubcaps have been lost on the roads of Pennsylvania. The junkyards probably enjoy the benefits, but that's about it.
    The problem is there is no light at the end of the tunnel. There is no way decades of mismanagement and ridiculous under-the-table deals can be reversed overnight. Even if we started now, it would take decades to fix.
    The problem is, nobody seems to want to address this problem seriously.
    Pennsylvania is the butt of highway jokes across this country and our lawmakers — past and present — should be ashamed.
    How we get out of this mess remains to be seen. There is no doubt the only way out will be through our wallets.
    That is the biggest shame of all.
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