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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 11, 2021 10:59 AM
From: Representative Gerald J. Mullery
To: All House members
Subject: Utility Fair Share Roadway Repair Act
Whether commuting to work or driving kids to school, Pennsylvania drivers traveling on roadways that are unpaved or need repairs can sustain damage to their vehicles. At the same time, these conditions can lead to further deterioration of the roads in our communities. 

In Pennsylvania, when a public utility or municipal authority conducts work on underground utilities beneath a roadway, there are no established criteria regarding repaving or repairing the road surface.  Once the utility work is completed, roadways often remain unpaved or in disrepair for extended periods of time.  In some cases, even after being repaved or repaired, the roads could be in worse condition than before the initial utility work commenced.
To help alleviate this problem, my legislation creates the Utility Fair Share Roadway Repair Act to require public utilities and municipal authorities to repave or repair a roadway to the same or better condition as when the work started. Any repaving or repair work must meet the satisfaction of either the Secretary of Transportation or the Municipal Public Works Director, depending if the work was completed on a state or municipal road.  
I ask that you support this legislation and join me in helping Pennsylvania communities and their drivers avoid unnecessary costs for road repairs and vehicle damage.

Introduced as HB1076