Costly Bridge Tolling Plan Halted

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania yesterday granted a preliminary injunction stopping Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to toll nine major bridges across the state until further court action occurs, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27). The tolling plan would include the Interstate 80 bridge over Nescopeck Creek in Luzerne County.

“I was very pleased to learn of the Court’s ruling in this case,” said Senator Gordner.  “The tolling of these bridges would have a significant impact on drivers all across the state.  Due to rising prices and inflation, this is not the time to make it more difficult and costly for Pennsylvanians to get to work and travel.”

The bridge tolling initiative would cost the average commuter an additional $1,000 per year and was moved through the process without legislative input nor approval. The Commonwealth Court sided with a county and several municipalities that challenged the bridge tolling plan as unconstitutional.

“I was also very pleased to testify last week at the public hearing in Nescopeck,” added Senator Gordner.  “The court ruling echoed the very concerns that I raised in my testimony.”

The Commonwealth Court agreed with the Plaintiffs that the Public Private Partnership Board did not identify the bridges to be tolled or consult with the affected parties prior to board approval of the plan.

This order halts PennDOT’s tolling of the following bridges:

 

CONTACT: Mike Stephens mstephens@pasen.gov