HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is hailing passage of new transportation bill, saying he perceived an urgent need to fix roads and bridges after he took office three years ago.

The Republican spoke Thursday shortly after legislative approval of a law to pump billions into transportation infrastructure and mass transit.

The state House voted 113-to-85 in favor of the bill, which will phase in $2.3 billion in fees and taxes over five years. Corbett's office says he plans to sign it next week.

Corbett says he doesn't think the new taxes and fees bill break the categorical opposition to new taxes he expressed when running for governor in 2010.

He says the money will make the state safer and foster economic growth.