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Automated speed enforcement cameras are up and running

The 60-day clock has begun for the “pre-enforcement testing period” of automated speed cameras in Pennsylvania highway work zones. That means fines for traveling more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit could begin… [read more]

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PHIA holds annual conference

This week PHIA held its annual Transportation Conference and Luncheon in Harrisburg. The presentations featured: PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton with an update on various toll road projects. Republican and Democratic House… [read more]

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Pa. autonomous vehicle team receives $8.4 million grant for work-zone study

A team consisting of Carnegie Mellon and Penn State universities, along with PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, has received an $8.4 million grant for testing and evaluation of integrating autonomous driving systems in work… [read more]

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Electric vehicle bill may be on tap

  Members of the General Assembly will return from summer recess in the coming weeks. PHIA is hopeful that the House will quickly take up an electric vehicle bill, House Bill 1392, sponsored by Democratic House Transportation… [read more]

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Fuel-tax drop reflects need for funding solutions

John Finnerty, who covers the Statehouse for newspapers in Johnstown, Meadville, New Castle, Sharon and Sunbury, dug up an interesting story recently noting that Motor License Fund revenue fell $58 million short of projections… [read more]

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 45

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Most of work on thruway bridge over Susquehanna River about to end for winter

The last of the steel girders for the nearly mile-long Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway bridge across the West Branch of the Susquehanna River will be erected this week.

Pennsylvania lags behind in highway safety

Not until early 2020 will motorists who violate Pennsylvania work zone speed limits experience lighter wallets and pocketbooks under provisions of Act 86 of 2018, which authorizes speed cameras in highway construction and repair areas.

Fitzpatrick joins call urging Congress support a federal infrastructure package

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) on Nov. 1 made a public plea for Congress to support a nationwide federal infrastructure package that would improve the nation’s economy, workforce, public safety, and the environment alongside overdue fixes for America’s roads, rails, bridges, highways, water, power and other related systems.

Slow down in work zones

Drivers can make roads safer by simply slowing down and obeying traffic limits. Motorists who drive 11 mph or more through work zones are putting themselves, other drivers and highway workers at risk of injury or death and by doing so, deserve a speeding ticket.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 44

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Pa. Turnpike plans to go cashless by fall 2021; toll collector jobs would be phased out

After four years of testing, the Pennsylvania Turnpike says it plans to move ahead with a $129 million project to become a completely cashless toll system in two years, eliminating hundreds of toll-collecting and auditing positions along the way.

PA lawmakers vote to expand clean transportation

The Pennsylvania Senate’s Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee today voted to advance the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act, a bipartisan effort to significantly advance electric vehicles and charging stations across the state while helping tackle one of the biggest sources of climate pollution in the region: transportation.

Work zone speed cameras to be deployed statewide

Cameras to detect speeding in Pennsylvania’s roadway work zones will begin limited operation next week ahead of their use statewide early next year.

New auto port terminal opens in South Philly

More new cars are arriving at the Port of Philadelphia now that a processing facility is officially open next to the Navy Yard, and it’s the city’s first new port terminal in 45 years.

Driver-free shuttles could be arriving in Pennsylvania

20 states have implemented a form of automated shuttles on their roadways. Now, lawmakers here in Pennsylvania are looking to add the Commonwealth to that group.

 

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Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement pilot begins

October 31, 2019 -- Comments Off on Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement pilot begins

PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Pennsylvania State Police this week announced the implementation of a statewide Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement pilot program to reduce work zone speeds, change driver behavior and improve work zone safety for workers and motorists.

The enforcement program was established by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in Act 86 of 2018. A minimum 60-day pre-enforcement period will begin next week. During that period, violations will not be issued. Enforcement is expected to begin in early 2020.

Automated speed enforcement units will be deployed in several work zones during the pre-enforcement period. These work zones will include various types of projects and will initially focus on Interstate and other limited-access highways. Work zones are selected by a data-driven process to maximize the effectiveness of the systems and will be marked with signage in advance of the enforcement area.

In 2018, there were 1,804 work zone crashes in Pennsylvania, resulting in 23 fatalities, and 43 percent of work zone crashes resulted in fatalities and/or injuries. Since 1970, PennDOT has lost 89 workers in the line of duty and the PA Turnpike has lost 45 workers since 1945.

“It’s great to see this pilot program get started,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “PHIA and the construction industry, along with PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission, worked hard over two legislative sessions to bring this to fruition. As the driving public becomes accustomed to it, highway workers and the public at large will benefit from an improved level of safety.”

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 43

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Fewer teen drivers are on the road in Pennsylvania

The number of teen drivers in Pennsylvania is at a 10-year low and there are fewer crashes involving teen drivers than there were in 2009, according to data from PennDOT.

Maryland official wants to join Pennsylvania to apply for Route 219 funding

Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn has reached out by letter to his counterpart in Pennsylvania, Leslie Richards, and proposed the states join together to apply for federal funds to finish the last 8 miles of Route 219.

Pa. won’t give driver’s license records to census

Pennsylvania’s transportation secretary is telling the U.S. Census Bureau that her agency won’t provide driver’s license records as part of a Trump administration effort to gather citizenship information. Secretary Leslie Richards wrote Thursday to a Census Bureau official, saying her department won’t participate in the project.

Pa. Turnpike begins cashless tolling Sunday at Ohio border, Route 66 bypass

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the Pennsylvania Turnpike will no longer accept cash payment for tolls at two new locations, the entry from Ohio in Lawrence County and the Turnpike Route 66 bypass in Westmoreland County. The agency is encouraging motorists to use its prepaid E-ZPass transponder linked to a credit card account to pay tolls.

Governors eye regional gas tax to fund transition from fossil fuels

Governors from several northeastern and mid-Atlantic states may have found a way to reduce pollution from cars and trucks and buck the Trump administration, which is trying to weaken auto emissions standards and gut efforts to curb climate change.

Interstate 84 closed due to deteriorating bridge in Pike County

A stretch of highway in the Poconos is closed because of a deteriorating bridge. Interstate 84 east in Pike County is closed between Routes 390 and 507 near Tafton. The hole opened up on the bridge over Shiny Mountain Road. It was discovered Tuesday night.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 42

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‘Commonwealth cannot share that information’

In an attempt to run around a Supreme Court ruling, the federal government through the U.S. Census Bureau is asking states, including Pennsylvania, for driver’s license records which traditionally include citizenship data. The Daily Item strongly encourages and urges Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration to stand tall and deny the request, as they have done previously when federal officials sought personal information out of their purview.

PennDOT reviewing Trump administration request for driver’s license data

The U.S. Census Bureau has asked Pennsylvania and other states to voluntarily turn over driver’s license information, as part of the Trump Administration’s efforts to compile citizenship status and other detailed data about people living in the country. But the state has not indicated whether it will comply.