Moved up from the latter half of the transportation department's 12-year road improvement plan is a $9.9 million project for U.S. 30 East in Franklin County.
Plans call for widening the road from two lanes to five in a 2.9-mile stretch extending from the intersection of Walker Road in Chambersburg Borough to Old U.S. 30 in Guilford Township, according to Greg Penny, spokesman for PennDOT.
The 15-member board of private citizens and lawmakers added more than 60 major road projects worth $2 billion to the 12-year plan. Projects cannot be funded without being on the plan.
Of the $2 billion, $465 million will be used for major reconstruction, $63 million for improvements to highways, $118 million for interstate and expressway renovations, and another $69 million held in reserve for future projects.
The extra money comes from the additional state revenues generated by the 3.5-cent-per-gallon gas price increase and 50 percent hike in vehicle registration fees.
The gas price increase costs the average motorist $30 more per year. The new tax is in addition to about $350 a year residents already pay in state and federal fuel taxes.
The vehicle registration fee hike for cars from $24 to $36 will go into effect today.
Drivers of tractor trailers and other heavy rigs will face $700 to $800 in registration fees as of Jan. 1.
The increases will raise $404 million annually to improve Pennsylvania's 40,000-mile state highway system.