Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell Monday called for a special session of the legislature to begin Aug. 23 to address the state’s $472.5 million transportation funding gap.

The Democratic governor is asking lawmakers to reconvene next month, after the Senate Transportation Committee wraps up several public hearings on the topic. Rendell will testify Wednesday at the committee’s first hearing. He plans to detail road, bridge, and mass-transit projects that would not go forward without identifying sources of money to cover the shortfall for fiscal 2011, which began July 1.

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