HARRISBURG, Sept. 19, 2011 – As the Senate returns to Harrisburg for the fall session, state Sen. John N. Wozniak has wrapped up the first in a series of “walking tours” in his district, giving him a first-hand look at the problems facing small communities in Central Pennsylvania.
Sen. John Wozniak talked with local residents and officials during a walking tour of Windber on Friday, Sept. 16
“Every small town has a unique character but many face the same challenges,” Wozniak said. “Water and transportation infrastructure are at the top of the list and we have to put them at the top of the list in Harrisburg.”
Pennsylvania’s transportation funding shortfall is affecting virtually every corner of the state, Wozniak said.
“There are bridges that need to be replaced, congestion that needs to be addressed and highways that need to be finished,” he said. “It’s hard to imagine a sustained economic recovery without adequate infrastructure.”
Wozniak, now the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, joined local officials and residents on walking tours of Cresson, Ebensburg, and Windber where he saw the successes of cooperation between local and state government, and many needs still unmet.
“The recent flooding has underlined the need to end the stalling in Harrisburg and face directly the challenge for adequate transportation funding,” he said. “At the same time, there is still a lot of work to be done in improving storm-water runoff to prevent massive property damage in the future.”