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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

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]

Wolf rejects diverting more transportation funds Wolf rejects diverting more transportation funds

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]

PA revenue package approved, but questions remain PA revenue package approved, but questions remain

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PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 3

January 16, 2018 -- Leave a Comment

CSVT progressing

The northern section of the $670 million Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) project will continue to take shape this year as work on the roadway speeds along throughout 2018.

Editorial: Despite hiccup, bridge program good for Pa.

The original plan called for the work to be complete in August 2018, but Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners agreed to speed up the work and finish in 2017, according to PennDOT spokesman Richard Kirkpatrick. But as the calendar turned, 390 bridges had been completed, leaving 168 still to be completed.

Road Warrior: PennDOT retrofitting bridges with same flaw that shut down Delaware River Bridge

PennDOT is taking pre-emptive steps to fix bridges with the same flaw that shut down a major bridge over the Delaware River last year.

 

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PennDOT ends 2017 with $2.5 billion in construction lettings

January 11, 2018 -- Leave a Comment

Continued to be bolstered by Act 89, PennDOT finished the 2017 calendar year with over $479 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 $2.578 billion in project lettings.  At the end of 2016, PennDOT bid a total of $2.670 billion in projects.  PennDOT forecasted the 2017 letting program to be $2.6 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 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. 3, No. 2

January 8, 2018 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 2

RabbitTransit will manage CAT by month’s end

RabbitTransit will provide management services to Capital Area Transit come the end of January, under an agreement approved today by CAT’s board. York-based RabbitTransit will provide administrative functions to CAT, which is joint operation of Dauphin and Cumberland counties, and the City of Harrisburg.

5 questions for autonomous car pioneer Chris Urmson

After leaving a leadership post at Google’s autonomous car unit, Chris Urmson and two other self-driving vehicle pioneers are back in the race with a new company that will rival their former employers.

Rail industry warned of brake-system deadline

The Trump administration has fired a warning shot to the nation’s railroads, saying it plans to hold them to a December deadline to install an automatic braking system that might have prevented last month’s fatal Amtrak accident in Washington, the Philadelphia derailment that killed eight passengers in 2015 and scores of other train wrecks.

Audit to examine impact of toll hikes on Pennsylvania Turnpike traffic, revenue

The state auditor general’s office will conduct a performance audit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in light of concerns that annual toll hikes will cause traffic to decline and generate less money for important construction projects. Read more

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 1

January 3, 2018 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 1

Pennsylvania’s Shuster to join GOP exodus

House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster announced Tuesday that he’s stepping down at the end of his term, joining a fast-growing wave of GOP lawmakers heading for the exits.

Year-end report: PennDOT says it’s delivering transportation value

PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards this week issued a year-end report on the department’s performance in 2017. Richards said the Wolf Administration is taking seriously its responsibility to care for the transportation assets used by Pennsylvanians every day.

Driving on the PA Turnpike is about to become a bit more pricey in 2018

Starting January 7, tolls will go up 6 percent. The price hike applies to both those paying cash and those using E-ZPass.

Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale launches Turnpike audit

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the launch of a performance audit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The audit will cover between June 2015 and May 2017 assessing the performance, procedures, operating and capital budgets, debt and accounts of the Turnpike Commission. Read more