HARRISBURG – Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) issued the following statement after the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court issued a temporary injunction halting the tolling of nine bridges across Pennsylvania:
“Last Wednesday’s court ruling, although preliminary, is a major win in our fight against tolling the Canoe Creek Bridge in Clarion County and eight other bridges across the state. The court rightfully agreed that PennDOT should not be moving ahead with the Major P3 Bridge Initiative. In fact, the court is preventing the department from moving forward with any aspect of tolling, including further design or engineering work until a final ruling can be made.
“All along, my colleagues and I have argued that PennDOT and the P3 Board did not follow the law when they rolled out their tolling proposals. This prevented the communities most impacted from tolling from having a voice in the process. That completely goes against the spirit of the law when it was passed. P3 projects are supposed to be partnerships, not forced fees from one government agency.”