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Auditor says $4.2B diverted from road, bridge repairs

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A new audit of PennDOT found billions of dollars could be going to repairing roads and bridges but instead are going to State Police.

There are currently 2,829 structurally deficient bridges across the state.

Since the 2012-13 fiscal year, more than $4.25 billion have been transferred from the Motor License Fund to State Police.

Under the state constitution, proceeds from the Motor License Fund are only supposed to be used for the construction, reconstruction, maintenance and repair of and safety on public highways and bridges.

“That $4.25 billion could have cut that list in half and if PennDOT could use all of the gas tax money for roads and bridges we could get that number to zero in about five years,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said.

Much of the money comes from the state’s 57.6 cents per gallon gas tax.

In the 2017-18 fiscal year, State Police received $789,580,000 from the Motor License Fund.

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