Transportation law impacts capital city

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The new transportation law has some major improvements in store for the city of Harrisburg.

Signed into law in November, it’s expected to bring in an extra 2.4 billion dollars annually.

And, now local lawmakers want to let the public know about how this will impact where they live, work, and travel.

10 million dollars over the next 5 years will help Harrisburg improve roads and fix the pothole problem.

“We finally have real funding to fix the potholes in the city so many people have complained to me and showed concern,” says State Representative Patty Kim, of the 103rd legislative district.

State Representative Patty Kim is joining forces with PennDOT and Harrisburg Mayor, Eric Papenfuse.

She says 20,000 people travel in and out of Harrisburg everyday, and its entirety the city hasn’t been repaved in more than 10 years.

Representative Kim wants to prevent people from having to empty their pockets, because it too, has happened to her.

“One day I was driving home zoned out had a bad day and went through one just full on bam I mean it was a shock and it actually killed my shocks and cost 200 dollars,” says Rep. Kim.

But, potholes aren’t the only thing the new law will change.

“We’re looking at maybe taking one lane off of Forrester street and making it just for bikers having crosswalks that are really prominent so pedestrians are really safe going back and forth,” says Kim.

Besides a more bike friendly city, Representative Kim also hopes to reline streets, expand I-81, and I-83, and improve mass transit systems.

Rep. Kim hopes to begin road work by this spring.

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