Governor Tom Corbett announced Tuesday that Pennsylvania's new transportation plan will allow the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to distribute $345 million in liquid fuels payments to certified municipalities on March 3 to help them maintain their roads and bridges.

The allocation is $25.1 million more than the 2013 figure, roughly an 8 percent increase.

"This investment helps our towns meet the tough challenge of maintaining municipality-owned roads and bridges." Corbett said. "Because of the new transportation plan that I signed into law, Pennsylvania will be able to increase these resources in coming years which could provide some relief to local taxpayers from these costs."

Liquid fuels allocations are annual payments to municipalities to help pay for highway and bridge-related expenses such as snow removal and road repaving. There are 119,847 miles public roads in Pennsylvania, with 77,889 of those miles owned by municipalities and eligible for liquid fuels. The formula for payments is based on a municipality's population and miles of locally-owned roads.

To be counted as eligible for liquid fuels, a roadway must be formally adopted as a public street by the municipality, meet certain dimension requirements and be able to safely accommodate vehicles driving at least 15 mph.

Under Act 89, the new transportation plan Corbett signed in November, liquid fuels reimbursements, will increase by roughly $220 million over the next five years.

Carbon County will receive $1,843,900, an increase of $131,766; Lehigh County $8,105,792, a $628,066 increase; Monroe County $4,639,827, a $330,269 increase; Northampton County $7,812,333, a $570,527 increase; and Schuylkill County $4,740,143, a $338,597 increase.

For more information, visit the "Comprehensive Transportation Funding Plan" page at www.dot.state.pa.us.

The updated distribution calculations for the 2014 Payments to Municipalities, in order of municipality; 2012-13 allocation; 2013-14 allocation, increase

Carbon County

Banks Township, $25,785, $27,786, $2,002

East Penn Township, $125,056, $134,696, $9,640

Franklin Township, $155,640, $167,652, $12,012

Kidder Township, $35,921, $38,713, $2,793

Lausanne Township, $6,113, $6,586, $473

Lehigh Township, $17,313, $18,649, $1,336

Lower Towamensing Township, $104,166, $112,213, $8,047

Mahoning Township, $151,160, $162,830, $11,670

Packer Township, $33,361, $35,937, $2,576

Penn Forest Township, $188,155, $202,770, $14,615

Towamensing Township, $205,602, $220,68, $15,081

Beaver Meadows, $16,728, $18,027, $1,300

Bowmanstown, $23,539, $25,362, $1,823

East Side, $5,685, $6,127, $442

Jim Thorpe, $102,223, $110,154, $7,931

Lansford, $79,200, $85,351, $6,150

Lehighton, $107,585, $115,942, $8,357

Nesquehoning, $72,853, $78,505,$5,651

Palmerton, $107,074, $115,391, $8,316

Parryville, $15,924, $17,155, $1,231

Summit Hill, $69,893, $75,311, $5,418

Weatherly, $54,569, $58,803, $4,233

Weissport, $8,589, $9,255, $667

Lehigh County

Washington Township, $219,415, $236,362, $16,947

Slatington, $82,676, $89,099, $6,423

Monroe County

Chestnuthill Township, $533,326, $574,541, $41,215

Eldred Township, $112,963, $121,677, $8,714

Polk Township, $221,524, $238,659, $17,135

Ross Township, $181,588, $195,623, $14,035

Northampton County

Walnutport, $48,868, $52,655, $3,787

Schuylkill County

Rush Township, $98,036, $105,617, $7,582

West Penn Township, $272,213, $293,158, $20,945

Coaldale, $48,611, $52,383, $3,772

Tamaqua, $142,396, $153,453, $11,058