Kathy Liebler
                        Director of Public Information

    C   O   M   M   I   S   S   I   O   N                N   E   W   S             R   E   L   E   A   S   E

      Contact: Lowman S. Henry (717) 939-9551 Ext. # 2934                      January 7, 1997


         Harrisburg -- The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has retained Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell, a Washington, D.C. law firm, for another year to assist in efforts to secure federal funds to help pay for Turnpike expansion projects and other improvements to the nation's first superhighway.
        As a result of the consultants' efforts to date, the Turnpike earlier this year was awarded a $3 million federal grant to develop and install an advanced traveler information system which will include highway advisory radio, variable message signs and surveillance cameras at several high traffic volume locations along the Turnpike.
        Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell was initially hired by the Turnpike Commission in 1994. It's $200,000.00 annual contract was renewed in December of 1995 and again this month. The contract includes provisions for the continued services of Ann Eppard & Associates who works as a subcontractor to Baker, Donelson.
        Baker, Donelson consults with the Turnpike and assists in the development of strategy for obtaining funding for major development initiatives such as the Mon-Fayette Expressway projects in southwestern Pennsylvania and the I-95 Interchange project in Bucks County. The firm does this by working with the Turnpike to maximize federal funding opportunities available under provisions of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and other sources. The ISTEA legislation will be rewritten when Congress reconvenes next year. Baker,. Donelson and Eppard Associates will represent the Turnpike's interests during that process.


         P.O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676         Phone: (717) 939-9551         Fax: (717) 986-9649