I am appalled that Rep. Bud Shuster (R-Pa.) is reluctant to provide sufficient federal funding for the replacement of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge ["Key Lawmaker Still Opposes Wilson Bridge Funding," Metro, Oct. 1]. Instead, he prefers to spend hundreds of millions of federal funds on an interstate highway in his home district in central Pennsylvania.
The "Bud Shuster Highway," otherwise known as I-99, is a north-south limited-access highway that connects Wolfsburg, Pa. and Bald Eagle, Pa. The largest city in its path is Altoona, with only some 52,000 residents. A 17-mile extension to College Station would cost $345 million to $400 million, according to the "Anti Bud Shuster/Interstate 99 Page" on the Internet.
Meanwhile, the Capital Beltway (I-495) carries more traffic in a three-day period than the Bud Shuster Highway does in a year. Some 170,000 vehicles use I-495 on any given day. Therefore, more people use I-495 daily than live along the I-99 corridor.
Yet Rep. Shuster supports I-99 and has "grave reservations" about the funding of a new Woodrow Wilson Bridge. One doesn't have to wonder too much about where Rep. Shuster's priorities lie.
MATTHEW T. MICHAELSON