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Capital Beltway tabbed for major improvements

Those who commute on Harrisburg’s Capital Beltway received good news as we rang in the new year, with PennDOT announcing a couple of big-ticket projects involving Interstates 83 and 81 and Route 581. Plans call for widening… [read more]

Capital Beltway tabbed for major improvements Capital Beltway tabbed for major improvements

Wolf administration begins search for public transit solution

Faced with the expiration of a $400 million subsidy from the Turnpike for public transportation, the Wolf administration is beginning to set the stage for replacing that revenue. PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards, at the Associated… [read more]

Wolf administration begins search for public transit solution Wolf administration begins search for public transit solution

Rafferty named PHIA Advocate of the Year; Senate approves automated speed enforcement

PHIA has had an eventful couple of weeks, beginning with our annual transportation conference last week and capped by the state Senate’s 47-1 concurrence vote on the long-awaited automated speed enforcement bill on Tuesday. Due… [read more]

Rafferty named PHIA Advocate of the Year; Senate approves automated speed enforcement Rafferty named PHIA Advocate of the Year; Senate approves automated speed enforcement

CSVT reaches another milestone

The fourth and final bidding on the northern section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway took place last week, and we thought this would be a good time for an update on the project. The CSVT is a rare new capacity project… [read more]

CSVT reaches another milestone CSVT reaches another milestone

Registration Now Open for 2018 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference & Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2018 PHIA Transportation Conference and Annual Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg.  Click HERE for more information and to register!    … [read more]

Registration Now Open for 2018 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference & Meeting Registration Now Open for 2018 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference & Meeting

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PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 3

January 14, 2019 -- Leave a Comment

Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project clears major hurdle

A decision by the Federal Highway Administration announced Friday allows the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to begin final design on a two-mile stretch of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway in Snyder County.

Traffic deaths on Roosevelt Blvd spiked in 2018. A safety fix may not be in place until the fall.

Roosevelt Boulevard had one of its deadliest years in recent history in 2018.

Bradford County landslide clearing underway

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is working with a contractor to jump-start work to clear a landslide that has closed a portion of Route 414 in Bradford County since early December.

The Keystone State may have found the key to the next wave of transportation electrification

Pennsylvania’s combination of guiding principles, legislation and collaboration among a broad array of stakeholders may show how to move the EV market into its next phase of development.

Widening I-81 in Pennsylvania: Plan shows worth, but dollars needed

Even if the $2.9 billion the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation now estimates it will take to expand about 82 miles of the highway appeared tomorrow, it would be at least 2030 until work begins, said Mike Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.

Is chaos ahead for transportation funding in Pa.?

A nasty storm could be brewing for Pennsylvania’s transportation funding regimen, says a scholar at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy. Read more

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Transportation Committee chairs announced

January 10, 2019 -- Leave a Comment

State House and Senate leaders have announced who will chair the transportation committees for the new two-year legislative session.

In the House, Reps. Tim Hennessey and Mike Carroll are the Republican and Democratic chairs, respectively.

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In the Senate, Sens. Kim Ward and John Sabatina are the Republican and Democratic chairs, respectively.

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Other committee members are to be named in the coming weeks.

 

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PennDOT Ends 2018 with $2.5 billion in Contract Lettings

January 9, 2019 -- Comments Off on PennDOT Ends 2018 with $2.5 billion in Contract Lettings

PennDOT finished the 2018 calendar year with over $176 million in project lettings in December according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).  As a result, PennDOT, finished the year with just over $2.519 billion in project lettings.  At the end of 2017, PennDOT bid a total of $2.578 billion in projects.  PennDOT forecasted the 2018 letting program to be $2.5 billion but they anticipate a drop to $2.2 billion for 2019.

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

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

December 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

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 2

January 7, 2019 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 2

Hennessey named chairman of transportation committee

As the 2019-20 session of the House of Representatives begins, Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester/Montgomery) Monday was officially appointed majority chairman of the House Transportation Committee by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).

SEPTA facing $63 million capital budget shortfall over motorists’ lawsuit

SEPTA is bracing for a possible $63 million shortfall in its capital budget in 2019, pending the outcome of a contentious lawsuit filed in federal court by two motorists’ groups.

Special report: How autonomous vehicles could constrain city budgets

Governing surveyed the 25 largest U.S cities for revenues that could potentially be hindered by the proliferation of autonomous vehicles.

PennDOT says heavier rain is behind the crumbling of some roads in Westmoreland County

PennDOT’s District 12, which spans Westmoreland, Washington, Fayette and Greene Counties, is monitoring the condition and impact of 250 landslides in its jurisdiction. The effects of ground being saturated with water from rain and snow over the past year are having an impact on the crumbling and collapsing conditions of some roads, including two that made news in the past week.

Road Warrior: Why a decade old law is making Turnpike tolls go up every year

For most of its lifespan, the turnpike was funded by its own tolls under a “you use it, you pay for it” model. But in 2007, the state faced a mounting wave of costly infrastructure needs. Rather than raise taxes, state legislators decided the turnpike would fund it.