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APC calls for further reduction in bridge and highway fund diversions

Associated Pennsylvania Constructors is reviving an initiative to further reduce the diversions from the Motor License Fund, the constitutionally protected repository for fuel taxes and license and registration fees that fund… [read more]

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Court halts major bridge initiative; PennDOT appeals

A Commonwealth Court judge issued an injunction last week that temporarily blocks PennDOT from proceeding with plans to restore or replace nine major bridges and pay for the initiative by tolling the bridges. Judge Ellen Ceisler… [read more]

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Plans for electric vehicle charging in PA

Even before the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was signed, Pennsylvania was already identifying electric vehicle charging corridors. The law provides for $7.5 billion to expand the EV charging network across the country. Pennsylvania’s… [read more]

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The industry’s transportation funding needs explained

Governor Wolf’s proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, unveiled last week, contained a bit of good news regarding transportation funding. Rather than gradually reducing the annual amounts of revenue diverted from… [read more]

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PennDOT announces new 511PA features

PennDOT has rolled out several significant improvements to the 511PA traveler information service, along with brief videos demonstrating how to use the new features. One of the improvements involves personal travel alerts,… [read more]

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PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 26

June 27, 2022 -- Leave a Comment

Thousands walk, bike across CSVT portion, bridge

PennDOT gave people the opportunity to be the first to use the new northern portion and river bridge of the Central Susquehanna Transportation project Saturday

$121M project set to begin at Route 51 interchange in Rostraver

The reconstruction of the Interstate 70 and Route 51 interchange in Rostraver has the distinction of being the highest-dollar-value project ever bid in Penn­DOT’s District 12.

Legislation proposed In Pa. for gas-tax holiday

It’s taken her more than four months, but Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Lehigh/Northampton, has filed legislation to create a two-month sales gas tax holiday in Pennsylvania.

PennDOT, Maryland considering six alignments for final leg of Route 219

The public will get a chance to weigh in Thursday on six possible routes for the final four-lane leg of Route 219 between Ebensburg and Maryland. PennDOT officials are having two meetings about the project in the coming week.

PennDOT preparing for next phase of Mon-Fayette Expressway project

PennDOT is getting ready to begin the next part of the Mon-Fayette Expressway project. The southern part of the project will stretch eight miles from Jefferson Hills to Duquesne and will cost around $800 million.

 

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PHIA News Digest — Vol. 7, No. 25

June 20, 2022 -- Leave a Comment

PennDOT warns drivers to slow down during construction season

Work zones can be dangerous, not only for drivers, but especially the workers. State officials say since 1970 PennDOT has lost 90 workers in the line of duty.

Pa. plans electric charging stations for interstates

PennDOT will submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Transportation in August about how the agency will build Pennsylvania’s share of a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations. But first, PennDOT wants to hear from Pennsylvanians about how they think the agency should prioritize spending $171.5 million.

Autonomous vehicle bill advances in Pa.

One bill moving through the Pennsylvania House is touted to modernize the state’s vehicle code to allow for the driverless testing and deployment of highly autonomous vehicles.

Opponents have valid concerns on bridge-tolling plan

PennDOT’s P3 initiative is intended as an alternative funding plan to address a backlog of bridges in need of repairs and replacement. The department says Pennsylvania presently has $15 billion in infrastructure needs and a shortfall exceeding $8 billion to address them.

Pennsylvanians urged to review transit options

Officials from PennDOT and Human Services on Monday urged Pennsylvanians to use Find My Ride to learn about public transit options and apply for transportation assistance programs.

Pa. has billions to spend as budget season begins

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and state lawmakers are launching into their busiest stretch: the horse-trading and budget-making weeks of June that are vastly different this year than any other in memory, with billions of extra dollars to spread around.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 24

June 13, 2022 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 24

It’s going to be hard finding workers to build infrastructure

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will invest more than a half trillion dollars in American infrastructure over five years. It’s been estimated that this could create more than 3 million jobs in the construction workforce, bringing hundreds of thousands of new job opportunities every year.

PennDOT to close license, photo centers for Juneteenth

PennDOT has announced that all driver’s license and photo centers, including its Harrisburg full-service center, will be closed Saturday, June 18, through Monday, June 20, for Juneteenth National Freedom Day.

Allowing local police to use radar for speed enforcement has never been closer to becoming law

With that goal in reach that would put Pennsylvania in the company of the 49 other states that already allow this, a coalition of law enforcement and municipal organizations is making a full-court press to bring it to fruition.

Impact of potential suspension of Pa. gas tax

Democratic state Rep. Tony DeLuca, of Allegheny County, proposed legislation in March to suspend the state’s gas tax until the end of this year. The bill is currently sitting before the House Transportation Committee.

GOP lawmakers eviscerate PennDOT’s bridge tolling plan

The Commonwealth Court may have temporarily halted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s plan to toll nine bridges across the state, but a collection of lawmakers, activists and local government officials rallied at the state Capitol Wednesday to call on Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to pull the plug on the initiative once and for all.

Pa. House panel takes up electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Someday, charging stations for electric vehicles will be as common as roadside gas stations on America’s highways and byways. At least that’s how state Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, envisions a clean and green future for motorists across the commonwealth and nationwide.

Pa. pedestrian deaths up 20%; bigger cars, road design at issue

Pedestrian deaths have crept upward for more than a decade nationally, and Pennsylvania has seen a 21% rise since 2019.

Luzerne Co. drivers switching to scooters to save money

With current gas prices, many are turning to two wheels instead of four.

New payment option for Turnpike drivers

Motorists on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will soon have another option to pay tolls at a number of retail locations. The Turnpike Commission recently announced a partnership with KUBRA Cash Payment Network so that customers can use cash to pay Toll By Plate invoices or add funds to E-ZPass accounts.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 23

June 6, 2022 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 23

Pa. House passes bill for E-Z Pass toll changes, increased penalties

House Bill 2139, according to state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), would require the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to notify an E-ZPass account holder the first time the person incurs a video, aka v-toll, in a calendar year.

Pedestrians, cyclists allowed on CSVT on June 25

Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on June 25, the public will be permitted to walk and bicycle along a section of the new Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway bridge to get a close-up look at this unique project. No vehicles will be permitted within the walking/biking area, according to PennDOT.

PennDOT, police, Phillie Phanatic support ‘Click It or Ticket’ initiative

The Phillie Phanatic was also on hand to team up with law enforcement to remind motorists to drive safe and buckle up. Police awarded the Phanatic his own seat belt to ensure his safety.

 

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Road and Bridge Safety Awards Program Now Open for PA Counties

June 2, 2022 -- Comments Off on Road and Bridge Safety Awards Program Now Open for PA Counties

PHIA has launched its annual Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Award program for 2022.  The annual contest is now taking applications from members of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP).

Each year the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) team with various state organizations to recognize the best road safety or bridge improvement projects undertaken across the state.   Eligible projects are those in which most or all of the safety improvements were completed in 2021.  The competition recognizes not only major, high-cost projects, but any improvements that have increased public safety.

The CCAP program will recognize counties’ use of highway user fees for needed community safety improvements, culminating in a presentation to the winners at CCAP Annual Conference at the  Lancaster County Convention Center on August 7-10, 2022.  Click HERE to download a copy of the entry brochure.  The entry deadline is July 1, 2022.

For more information on other municipal organizations’ Road and Bridge Safety Award programs, click here.