HARRISBURG (AP) – A highway construction trade association is against a state plan to toll up to nine major bridges around PA in need of repairs, although Gov. Tom Wolf’s top transportation official disputes its criticisms. Associated Pennsylvania Constructors’ Executive Vice President Robert Latham told the House Transportation Committee that the cost of private financing would drive up project costs. He also said relying on tolling to cover construction costs is risky. However, PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said she expects the projects to be financed with lower-cost municipal bonds and financing the projects is less risky because the bridges have stable daily traffic flows.

YASSMIN GRAMIAN

ROBERT LATHAM