Area counties receive cut of liquid fuels distribution

From staff reports

Area counties will benefit from more than $32.2 million distributed to them from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s $487.5 million in liquid fuels payments.

The payments help certified municipalities maintain roads and bridges.

The breakdown of what area counties received, according to a PennDOT news release, are as follows: Venango, $3,723,621.96; Clarion, $3,458,596.27; Forest, $661,497.39; Crawford, $6,381,289.92; Jefferson, $3,441,411.59; Mercer, $6,194,754.26; and Butler, $8,364,754.37.

PennDOT’s annual distributions assist with municipalities’ highway and bridge-related expenses, such as snow removal and road repaving.

According to the release, there are 120,596 miles of public roads in Pennsylvania – 73,037 miles owned by municipalities and eligible for liquid fuels. The formula for payments is based on a municipality’s population and miles of locally-owned roads.

“We have the fifth-largest state-maintained road system in the country, and there are even more locally owned roads and bridges,” Acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said. “These investments help keep our communities safe and connected.”

To be eligible for liquid fuels, a roadway must be formally adopted as a public street by the municipality, meet certain dimension requirements and be able to safely accommodate vehicles driving at least 15 mph, the release said.

For the complete list of local payments, log onto, go to “Doing Business,” click on “Local Government” and then click on “Liquid Fuels.”