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GOV. CASEY: PENNSYLVANIA IS A NATIONAL LEADER IN HIGHWAY BUILDING

 GOV. CASEY: PENNSYLVANIA IS A NATIONAL LEADER IN HIGHWAY BUILDING
 ALTOONA, Pa., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Robert P. Casey said today that Pennsylvania is moving faster than any other major state in matching state dollars with newly available federal dollars for highway and bridge construction.
 "We've moved faster than any other major state in getting the federal funds into the pipeline," Casey said during a Route 220 highway groundbreaking in Blair County.
 "Of the $714 million set aside for Pennsylvania, we've already obligated 58 percent -- some $421 million.
 "As a point of comparison, New York and New Jersey have committed only about 25 percent each. No other large state is doing the job we're doing."
 Casey was in Blair County Thursday and today to recognize the City of Altoona as Pennsylvania's 15th Capital for a Day, a program which he began in 1988 to bring state government closer to the people.
 He spoke at the groundbreaking for a project to close the construction gap in a $98.2 million investment to relocate and widen 12 miles of U.S. Route 220 between Altoona and Tyrone.
 Casey said he had received a letter from U.S. Transportation Secretary Andrew H. Card Jr. commending Pennsylvania for being "well above average" in utilizing federal highway funds. The national average is 36 percent.
 The governor also praised the efforts of U.S. Rep. E.G. (Bud) Shuster in securing federal funds for highway construction in this region and elsewhere.
 The governor cited Operation Jump Start as a prime reason for Pennsylvania's leadership in highway building. Through Jump Start, the state is speeding up action on public infrastructure improvements to spur Pennsylvania's economy through the creation of construction jobs.
 Casey called Operation Jump Start "the most aggressive public construction program in commonwealth history."
 "It is through Operation Jump Start that we're fighting back against the recession and revitalizing our transportation system at the same time," the governor said.
 "Operation Jump Start means business development and growth for Pennsylvania...along with jobs, jobs and more jobs for Pennsylvania workers and their families."
 Casey said that the $714 million in federal funds now available to Pennsylvania is only the beginning -- that Congress has earmarked nearly $6 billion over six years for projects all over the state.
 The governor helped to break ground on a project to relocate and widen to four lanes a 6.4-mile section of Route 220 from the 17th Street interchange in Altoona north to Pinecroft at a total cost of $36.6 million.
 Two other sections of the relocation are already under construction. A $17.2 million project to reconstruct the 17th Street interchange began last July, and a $39.1 million project to relocate the highway from Pinecroft to Tyrone began in August.
 Last year, the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) completed 10 years construction to relocate and widen 41 miles of Route 220 from the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford County to Altoona at a cost of more than $286 million.
 PennDOT plans to continue the relocation and expansion north of Tyrone so that the highway connects with Interstate 80 in Centre County.
 Casey said the state has invested more than $111 million in 63 highway and bridge projects in Blair County over the past five years, part of a record-breaking $5 billion worth of transportation investment in the state.
 Another $150 million worth of work is underway or planned over the next four years on 51 projects in the county.
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