Wolf rejects diverting more transportation funds

Transportation advocates appear to have received great news this week as a spokesman for Governor Wolf said the governor does not intend to tap into transportation money to close a $300 million budget gap. In recognition of… [read more]

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PA revenue package approved, but questions remain

Nearly four months beyond the beginning of the fiscal year, the General Assembly has approved revenue bills that – at least in theory – will balance the budget of nearly $32 billion that was approved earlier this year. Assuming… [read more]

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Senator John Rafferty to Speak at Dec. 12 PHIA Breakfast

  The Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) will host another policy briefing breakfast on December 12, 2017, featuring Senate Transportation Committee Chairman John Rafferty. Senator John C. Rafferty,… [read more]

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Committee concludes PA should restore more than $220 million for highway work

The Pennsylvania Legislative Budget & Finance Committee has released the long-awaited report determining the appropriate and justifiable amount of Motor License Fund revenue that can be used to fund State Police operations. Using… [read more]

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Driverless technology advances in Pennsylvania

While engineers and auto manufacturers continue to work on driverless technology, Pennsylvania is beginning work on the regulations that will guide this fledgling industry. PennDOT assembled an Autonomous Vehicles Testing Policy… [read more]

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 44

November 14, 2017 -- Leave a Comment

Meet Mr. Bicycle, who’s helped fix thousands of bikes in Pennsylvania

Some 15 years ago, Ross Willard was volunteering with a food program in Harrisburg, Pa., when he started to notice children riding bicycles with brakes that didn’t work.

Pa. should follow this road map to an electrical vehicle future

Pennsylvania is in dire need of a regulatory roadmap to ensure that the state embraces a competitive marketplace that encourages innovation and customer choice.

Wolf won’t transfer money from transit trust

Gov. Tom Wolf won’t say what funds he will tap to fill a $300 million gap in the state budget, but his office said Thursday he won’t touch transportation funds.

Route 15 lanes reopen as building of Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway moves forward

All four lanes of state Route 15 in the Winfield area of Union County are scheduled to be open to traffic later this week now that a temporary bridge over the highway is completed.

PennDOT recommends CSVT alternative

PennDOT’s Montoursville-based Engineering District 3 has announced it is recommending the Eastern Alternative for realigning a portion of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project southern section to avoid the nearby fly ash waste basins. PennDOT will host a public meeting to present the reasons for recommending the Eastern Alternative and collect feedback from 6:30 PM to 9 PM on Wednesday November 15, at the Selinsgrove Middle School, 401 18th Street, Selinsgrove, PA.



PHIA News Digest – No. 2, Vol. 43

November 10, 2017 -- Leave a Comment

Trump administration working to update driverless vehicle guidance

The Trump administration is already in the process of updating its federal guidance for driverless vehicles, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Thursday.

Road Warrior: Deer in the headlights

Deer can be many things. Majestic. Pests. Prey. King of the forest, if Disney can be trusted. But too often for Pennsylvania drivers, they’re road kill, and expensive ones at that.

Pennsylvanian opens latest CNG station under P-3 program

Pennsylvania’s Wolf administration recently announced the opening of the seventh of 29 compressed natural gas fueling stations planned as part of a statewide Public-Private Partnership (P3) project.

Cheryl Moon-Sirianni named PennDOT’s top executive in Pittsburgh region

PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards has appointed Cheryl Moon-Sirianni as PennDOT’s top executive for District 11, which covers Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties.

Lawmakers looking at potential PennDOT, Turnpike Commission merger

A resolution to explore a possible merger of PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is heading toward a vote in the state Senate.



PennDOT lets $156 million in October

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PennDOT let just over $156 million projects during the month of October according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).  With this letting, PennDOT has let just over $1.9 billion in project lettings to date.  At this same point last year, PennDOT bid a total of $1.986 billion in projects.  The official 2016 year-end total was $2.594 billion just shy of PennDOT’s $2.6 billion forecast. PennDOT anticipates a $2.4 billion letting program by year’s end.

As in year’s past, PHIA will continue to track contract lettings on a monthly basis.

To view the full October letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

October Letting Report* (PDF)


*The report lists the total contracts awarded at each letting date, a comparison to the same period in the previous calendar year, and letting adjustments made since the previous month. PHIA staff will track PennDOT lettings throughout the year and provide monthly update.



PHIA News Digest – No. 2, Vol. 42

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PennDOT seeks federal help funding I-99/1-80 interchange project

It’s been about a decade since the I-99/I-80 interchange project stalled due to lack of funding. Now, the state Department of Transportation is applying for a federal grant…

GOP chairman: No appetite for gas tax hike now in House

The head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said on Thursday that there is little appetite in the lower chamber right now for a hike in the federal gasoline…

Speeding and DUI in Pa.: They are both killers, so why do we only avoid one?

Speeding kills – almost as much as driving under the influence – and transportation officials, lawmakers and police need to take steps to reduce the number of deaths, according to…

Stroudsburg area residents concerned about I-80 expansion

PennDOT plans call for 3.5 miles of the highway to be reconstructed, widened, and reconfigured in the Stroudsburg area.

Group opposes adding speed cameras to construction zones

A new program being considered in Harrisburg could automatically lead to a ticket, an idea proponents say is meant to save lives but which some argue is nothing more than a money…



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 41

October 25, 2017 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 41

Lawmakers want details before authorizing new funding for state police

Many officials have long been concerned about an increasing reliance on state police for primary patrols without a more direct, fee-for-service type of funding mechanism.  The issue has grown more dire as the state began tapering off diversions to the state police from the state’s Motor License Fund.

PennDOT to reveal new path for thruway in Snyder County

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation plans to reveal the new location for an approximately two-mile section of the Route 15 bypass in Snyder County at a public meeting Nov. 15. Feedback will be sought at the meeting to be held at the Selinsgrove Middle School, spokesman David Thompson said.

I-95 Corridor Coalition, Delaware DOT to test mileage-based revenue project with trucks

The I-95 Corridor Coalition, in a partnership with the Delaware Department of Transportation, is leading a pilot program to assess the feasibility of generating mileage-based revenue from trucks.

Elon Musk’s East Coast Hyperloop will launch digging in Maryland, state and company say

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) — taking a cue from the big splash, low information PR strategy of Elon Musk — tweeted Thursday that Musk’s Boring Company is going to build a Hyperloop tunnel from Baltimore to Washington.

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