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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 28, 2019 09:44 AM
From: Representative Karen Boback
To: All House members
Subject: Clarifying PennDOT's Responsibility for Drainage Facilities on State Highways
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation clarifying responsibility for drainage facilities on state highways in boroughs and incorporated towns.

For many years Pennsylvania boroughs have been financially burdened, with the responsibility for stormwater facilities on state highways in their communities. Borough officials are astonished to learn PennDOT is only responsible for the road and not the subsurface drainage facilities.

Under the State Highway Law, the Secretary of PennDOT has the latitude to compel
a borough to maintain the drainage facilities under a state highway. I believe this policy
is shortsighted. If the Commonwealth is responsible for a state highway, it should be responsible for the
total responsibility of the drainage structures as well.

My legislation would clarify PennDOT's responsibility for drainage facilities connected to state highways in boroughs and incorporated towns.

Please join me in cosponsorinq this legislation.

Introduced as HB1775