CLEARFIELD— Republican Congressional Candidate Derek Walker (PA-5) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters expressing his opposition to the tolling on Interstate 80.
“As a small businessman in Clearfield County, I can assure you that it is universally agreed among the business leaders in this region that the proposal would be detrimental to our economy along the I-80 corridor,” said Walker.
In the letter, Walker stated that the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot (ISRRP) Program, under which Pennsylvania has applied to toll I-80, was not designed for the purpose envisioned by Act 44 of 2007. Walker noted that the legislation was designed to raise funds to reconstruct and rehabilitate the road for tolling, not to raise funds to be reallocated to different regions of the state.
“We must give businesses the resources necessary to create new jobs and opportunities in our region. Placing tolls on I-80 would cripple our regions economy and make it more difficult for businesses to compete. As the next Congressman from Pennsylvania’s Fifth District, I pledge to work tirelessly with federal and state leaders to ensure tolls are not placed on I-80.”
Walker said that he believes he has what it takes to be an effective Congressman and he would be honored to represent the Fifth Congressional District in Washington D.C.