In Pennsylvania, the responsibility for maintaining our roads and bridges rests with our state and local governments. In Erie County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation owns and maintains the Interstates (90, 79 and 86), U.S. Highways (20, 19, 6 and 6N), and state routes. The remaining roadway network, as well as all traffic signals, are owned and maintained by the individual municipal governments.
In addition to our roadways and bridges, the transportation network in Erie County includes Class I and short-line railroads, daily passenger train service, an industrial port, a commercial airport, a countywide public transit system and a network of cycling and recreation trails.
While the actual construction, maintenance and repair of the transportation system are performed by these various companies, government agencies and authorities; the Erie County Department of Planning and Community Development plays a significant role in coordinating these organizations, developing plans and studies, providing technical assistance and data analysis, engaging the general public and stakeholders, and prioritizing transportation funding for projects in our area.
Erie County government does not own or maintain any transportation infrastructure, but the Erie County Department of Planning and Community Development does provide technical assistance to residents, local organizations and municipal governments to help address transportation concerns and better plan for improvements. The department is also responsible for maintaining the Erie County Long Range Transportation Plan and administrating and coordinating the federal transportation planning process on behalf of the Erie MPO.
There are five key documents required by the federal transportation planning process, which the Erie County Department of Planning and Community Development assists the Erie MPO and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in developing.
- Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
- Erie County Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
- Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
- Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan (SLRTP)
- Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
The Erie MPO Long Range Transportation Plan is also adopted by Erie County Council as the transportation element of the Erie County Comprehensive Plan.
Erie County At-Risk Bridge Program
The County has developed the At-Risk Bridge Program to assist our local municipalities with the costs of ensuring a structurally sound and safe transportation system, by providing funding for the repair or replacement of at-risk bridges. This program is funded through the Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee – Act 13.