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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

Proposed budget reduces amount diverted from transportation

Governor Wolf’s proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year would allocate $769 million to the State Police from the Motor License Fund. That amount compares with $778 million in the current fiscal year and continues a gradual… [read more]

Proposed budget reduces amount diverted from transportation Proposed budget reduces amount diverted from transportation

PHIA’s 2018 wish list

Happy New Year to one and all, and we hope you had a terrific holiday season. As we begin a new year, we thought we’d share our 2018 wish list. Here we go: One of PHIA’s most important points of emphasis is public safety,… [read more]

PHIA’s 2018 wish list PHIA’s 2018 wish list

GOP tax bills also involve infrastructure

The always insightful Governing Magazine had an article this week observing that the Republican-sponsored tax bills before Congress are also infrastructure bills because they contain provisions that would impact the ability of… [read more]

GOP tax bills also involve infrastructure GOP tax bills also involve infrastructure

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PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 37

September 17, 2018 -- Leave a Comment

Wolf administration expanding small business opportunities through new pilot

The Wolf Administration has announced that the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is aiming to increase opportunities for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) through a new pilot program where SBEs can compete to work as prime consultants on federally-assisted engineering and design agreements on at least six projects.

3-year public transit plan under review in Valley

Chamber President/CEO Bob Garrett announced that PennDOT is giving the Valley three years to build up its ridership to prove there’s a need for service in the counties of Northumberland, Snyder, Union, Montour, Columbia and Lycoming. The project would be funded through 85 percent funding through PennDOT and 15 percent local match.

PennDOT says crane accident at CSVT still under investigation

Ted Deptula, assistant construction engineer for PennDOT District 3-0, at the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Committee meeting on Friday, said the collapse on Aug. 14 didn’t delay completion of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway, but that particular area of construction was slightly delayed.

Bids opened to pave thruway’s northern section as high water slows bridge work

New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. Thursday submitted the unofficial low bid of $52.3 million to pave the northern section, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said. Read more

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 36

September 10, 2018 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 36

Country’s oldest bridge at Frankford Ave. reopened after repairs

The oldest bridge in the United States—which beats the actual founding of the country by about 80 years—has been given a new life, thanks to a much-needed reconstruction project.

SEPTA wraps up Yardley Station improvements

The $5 million project made the station compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, SEPTA officials said in a press release.

State recognizes bike route through region

USBR 36 extends 398 miles across Pennsylvania, from Ohio to New York.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 35

September 5, 2018 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 35

Most expensive project in PennDOT region history set to begin on I-83

This is the single largest highway construction contract to be awarded in the history of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Engineering District 8, the eight-county region including Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties — $104.7 million awarded June 26 to J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen, Chester County.

State recognizes bike route through region

USBR 36 extends 398 miles across Pennsylvania, from Ohio to New York.

Auditor General finds incompetence in handling of West York Borough liquid fuels money

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said his recent audit of West York Borough’s Liquid Fuels Tax Fund showed sloppy record-keeping led to state allocations being mishandled two consecutive years.

It was America’s first superhighway. Now much of it sits abandoned.

Known at the time as “America’s Super Highway,” the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 1940 as the first limited-access highway in the country. Considered state of the art, it served as a model for the Interstate Highway System and other freeways.

 

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PennDOT’s August Lettings Top $182 Million

August 31, 2018 -- Comments Off on PennDOT’s August Lettings Top $182 Million

PennDOT continued its 2018 construction letting season by issuing just over $182.2 million in projects during the month of August, bringing the year-to-date total to just over $1.48 billion according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).  PennDOT finished 2017 with just over $2.578 billion in project lettings.  PennDOT forecasted the 2017 letting program to be $2.4 billion and they anticipate the same for 2018.

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

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

August 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.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 34

August 28, 2018 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 34

PennDOT replaces hundreds of structurally deficient bridges

The wet summer has had an impact on the project with some construction expected to still be taking place next year. Three years after construction began, the bulk of the project will be finished before the end of the year.

Philadelphia’s terminal market major asset to wholesalers

Much of Philadelphia’s produce wholesale business is concentrated in the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, a facility that marked its seventh anniversary in June. As such, the facility is a major sales driver for numerous reasons, vendors and market operators say.

Monday Update: Residents continue fight against Scranton Beltway

South Abington Twp. residents who could be affected by a project intended to ease congestion on Interstate 81 continue to fight the project and seek answers as the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission conducts preliminary studies ahead of construction.

Fatal hit-and-run a reminder of work zone dangers on Erie’s interstates

A PennDOT contracted construction worker — 26-year-old Jacqueline Ohly, of Stevens Point, Wisconsin — was killed on Tuesday shortly before 7:30 a.m. when she was struck by a hit-and-run motorist on the Interstate 90 eastbound lanes near Exit 35 in Harborcreek Township. Read more