As a lifelong Pa resident I can say that road construction and maintenance throughout the state has been a disgrace. I will never understand why when they needed 3 lanes they build 2, when they need 4 lanes they build 3. Look at the mess they created on the southern end of I -476 known as the blue route. It bottlenecks from 3 lanes down to 2 as it approaches I - 95. Guaranteeing daily traffic jams. I -76 near Phila ( Schuylkill Expressway ) is one of the mostly poorly designed roads ever. I could go on and on but I think I made my point.
There are many problems with how PA handles its roads.
First, it spends more on maintenance than other states.
Second, repair and expansion projects must pay “prevailing wage” to all workers, making the projects just as expensive as if we used high-priced union labor.
Third, the Commonwealth has an addiction to “studies” as an alternative to action. We spend hundreds of millions on “studies” of roads and then do nothing. When someone brings up the need for expansion/changes, PennDOT says we need a new “study” at millions of dollars each.