Mullery introduces bill to require road repairs following underground work

HARRISBURG, April 1 – Under legislation introduced this week by state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, public utilities and municipal authorities would be required to repair and restore roadways to the same or better condition as when they started underground work.

“Every day, Pennsylvania drivers are traveling on roads that remain unpaved or in desperate need of repairs, which can cause serious and dangerous damage to their vehicles,” Mullery said. “If a public utility or municipal authority conducts underground work under roadways, they should have the responsibility to repair the road when the underground work is complete.”

Mullery said currently there are no established criteria regarding repaving or repairing road surfaces and once underground work is completed, roads often remain unpaved or in disrepair for extended periods of time.

“Under my bill, Pennsylvania neighborhoods and drivers would avoid any unnecessary costs for road repair work and preventable damage to their vehicles,” he said.

To help alleviate the problem, Mullery’s legislation would create the Utility Fair Share Roadway Repair Act and require contractors to restore a roadway to the same or better condition as when the work started. Any work would have to meet the satisfaction of either the secretary of Transportation or the municipal public works director, depending if the work was completed on a state or municipal road.

Mullery’s bill, H.B. 1076, is awaiting committee assignment for further consideration.