Pennsylvania will invest $76m in 80 transportation projects to reduce traffic congestion and ease travel.

Out of the total amount, $59.2m will be funded for 50 projects by the Pennsylvania Department of Transport (PennDOT) while $16.8m will be used for 30 safe routes to School projects that will improve safety and encourage walking and biking-friendly improvements.

Governor Edward G Rendell said that investments in smart transportation offers travel options that help reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

“The investments will stimulate the economy by putting people to work creating sustainable communities that will improve quality of life and send a clear message that Pennsylvania is a great place to live and work,” said Rendell.

Regionally, the PennDOT will invest $14.8m in the Greater Pittsburgh region, $18.5m in the Greater Philadelphia area and $10.6m in the Northwestern region.

In addition, $17.5m will be invested in the Susquehanna Valley, $5.5m in the Lehigh Valley, $5m in the Northeast and $4m in the Central region.

The list of successful projects will include planning and construction projects that focus on downtown renewal efforts, local street connections, multi-use trails, traffic calming and transit-oriented development studies.