The state department of transportation invites people to participate in its first online public meeting to discuss updates to the agency's 12-year plan.

The Webcast will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Those interested in participating can register at www.TalkPATransportation.com.

Questions may be submitted in advance to ra-penndotstc@pa.gov.

In Carbon County, the plan includes the Route 903 Jim Thorpe bridge replacement project; the Packerton Yards bus park - Mahoning Township safety improvement; Bowmanstown Borough bridge preservation activity.

Also Northface Business Park-Palmerton (Borough) new roadway; the 443 Roadway Improvements-Mahoning Township safety improvement; the Route 443 Mahoning Township roadway restoration; the new 903/Turnpike EZPass Interchange in Penn Forest Township.

The Harrity Road bridge replacement in Franklin Township; the 3012 Branch White Bear Creek, Summit Hill, bridge preservation activity; and the replacement of the Rockport Bridge in Lehigh Township.

To see a complete listing of projects, go to www.talkpatransportation.com.

During the webcast, PennDOT Secretary and State Transportation Commission Chairman Barry J. Schoch will provide an update on state transportation issues and answer questions from registered participants.

In addition to participating in the webcast, the public can provide their input on transportation priorities through Oct. 7 at their convenience:

Through the "Tell Us What You Think" survey on the Website; by emailing ra-penndotstc@pa.gov to request a printed survey copy; or by telephone at 1-855-896-4930, the 12-Year Transportation Program, which serves as a blueprint of prioritized transportation projects, is updated every two years through a cooperative effort among the STC, PennDOT and its 23 regional planning partners.

The STC evaluates and assesses the resources needed to maintain and expand the state's transportation system.

The 15-member commission includes Schoch, 10 private citizens appointed by the governor, and the majority and minority chairs of the state Senate and House Transportation Committees.