Congress plans to take five weeks off starting Friday, but a last-minute showdown is brewing between the U.S. House and Senate over transportation funding. The House passed a short-term bill that would fund the Highway Trust Fund earlier this month.

Updated: Friday, July 25 2014, 05:56 PM CDT

A plan to make a busy section of Highway 98 safer in Santa Rosa County has been approved by the Florida

Department of Transportation.

Each year nearly two pedestrians are killed crossing Highway 98 in Navarre near the bridge.

We all know Highway 98 can be a difficult place to cross the street, but there is a plan in the works that will

hopefully make it safer."

Since 2010 Santa Rosa County Commissioner Jim Melvin has been pushing for a pedestrian overpass.

The U.S. Senate is expected to pass a bill this week that would commit funding for transportation projects for at least the next eight months.

But Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania appeared with transportation advocates in Philadelphia Monday to say that's not enough.

A lot of numbers were thrown around by the government officials standing on the side of the road in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. Pennsylvania has more than 5,000 structurally deficient bridges, for instance, while Congress has passed 27 short-term extensions of transportation funding in just five years.

WASHINGTON – As Congress considers legislation to avoid a shortfall of the Highway Trust Fund, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and 11 of his predecessors offered the following open letter to Congress. In addition to Secretary Foxx, Secretaries Ray LaHood, Mary Peters, Norman Mineta, Rodney Slater, Federico Peña, Samuel Skinner, Andrew Card, James Burnley, Elizabeth Dole, William Coleman and Alan Boyd all signed the letter. Their message: Congress' work doesn't end with the bill under consideration. Transportation in America still needs a much larger, longer-term investment.



Design team completed work order on time and within budget. SAI did an excellent job coordinating with PHMC, DEP, PAFBC and Jefferson County Conservation District.

Jim Andrews, P.E., PENNDOT, District 10-0
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