Government Transportation

Newtown-Area Towns To Get $1.1 Million From State For Road Maintenance

The Newtown-area municipalities will see just over $1.1 million in PennDOT liquid fuels payments this year.

This stretch of Lower Dolington Road in Newtown Township should look much better after a repaving later this year.
Credit: Chris English/

The Newtown-area municipalities will see just over $1.1 million in PennDOT liquid fuels payments this year.

Below is how much local towns will get:

• Newtown Borough – $68,430.76
• Newtown Township – $575,798.55
• Wrightstown Township – $128,582.03
• Upper Makefield Township – $338,253.27

The liquid fuels payments can only be used for work and maintenance on locally-owned public roadways. The roads must meet certain dimensional requirements and safety standards.

How much each town gets is decided by a formula that determines the allocation based on population and miles of locally-owned roads.

Statewide, more than $470.2 million in liquid fuels payments have been pledged for 2023, according to PennDOT data.

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

“We appreciate that PennDOT recognizes that local government is an important partner of the transportation network in Pennsylvania, being responsible for 2/3 of the road miles in the Commonwealth,” said Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors Executive Director David Sanko. “This liquid fuels distribution is an integral part of local funding, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with PennDOT to help ensure that local governments are able to cover the costs of building and maintaining our portion of the network.”

In Pennsylvania, there are 120,596 miles of public roadways. Some 2,560 municipalities manage an estimated 78,000 linear miles of roadway and more than 6,600 bridges longer than 20 feet, according to PennDOT data.

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