One of the new buzzwords these days is “infrastructure.” It is likely that Congress will enact an ambitious economic stimulus package soon after President-elect Obama is inaugurated. One important component will be funds that will be spent on “infrastructure” including roads and bridges.
State officials are drawing up plans for bridge and road improvements in anticipation of funds from a federal economic stimulus package. PennDOT has stated that they are confident that Congress will make money available for replacements and repair projects early next year.
PennDOT has a number of projects that have been stalled due to lack of funding. It is very possible that PennDOT will use an influx of federal funds for these projects. It is unclear at this point the extent to which the projects will involve acquiring property through the power of eminent domain.