PHIA Annual Transportation Conference & Annual Meeting
Registration is now open for the 2015 PHIA Transportation Conference and Annual Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the Hilton Harrisburg. Click HERE for more information and to register! … [read more]
Plan ahead for the visit of Pope Francis
For the first time in decades, the Pope will visit the United States, arriving in Philadelphia on September 25. Anyone planning to travel through or near Philadelphia during his stay may need to take an alternate route. In… [read more]
APC supports automated speed limit enforcement in work zones
APC’s Bob Latham was among numerous parties providing testimony before a joint House/Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday morning regarding a broad range of highway safety issues. Bob’s focus was on Senate Bill 840, a Sen.… [read more]
Senate committee approves increased penalties for work zone speed violations
The state Senate Transportation Committee has unanimously approved a measure to increase penalties for drivers who injure highway workers. Sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Beaver), the bill would impose fines upward of… [read more]
Pension solution will clear the way for other budget matters, House majority leader says
Public pension reform is the first domino that needs to fall in the budget negotiations, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) told attendees of the PHIA Legislative Breakfast this morning, and once it does, the other dominos… [read more]
NEWS & UPDATES
Road to nowhere: Congressman says there’s still no long-term federal transportation funding plan
The U.S. Congress has been unable to agree on a long-term plan to fund thousands transportation projects around the country — including Pennsylvania. And U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta is sick and tired of it.
Members of the Associated Pennsylvania Contractors met with Barletta Tuesday to discuss what progress has been made to develop a long-term, federal transportation funding plan. The prognosis, Barletta explained, is not good.
Driverless truck meant to improve safety in work zones
Roving construction crews – the kind you see blacktopping a road, painting lines, inspecting a bridge or installing a traffic signal – are often protected from oncoming traffic by a specialized truck outfitted with a crash barrier.
The crash trucks, fitted with a device called a truck-mounted attenuator, have been credited with saving lives. But the workers who drive them are inevitably placed in harm’s way, “literally waiting to be struck,” said Robert Roy, president of Royal Truck & Equipment Inc. in Coopersburg.
New PennDOT website shows active and planned projects
Pennsylvanians looking for information on construction projects, improvements underway because of Act 89, the state’s transportation funding plan, as well as projects scheduled through 2026 have a new resource — www.Projects.PennDOT.gov. Read more
PennDOT continued its strong, post-Act 89 momentum by letting just over $83 million in projects during August, bringing the year-to-date total to just shy of $1.8 billion. Last year, PennDOT ended the year with $2.6 billion in lettings, the highest since 2009 when the program was boosted by the one-time economic stimulus package. PennDOT exceeded its initial 2014 estimate of $2.2 billion and it was reported earlier that PennDOT’s 2015 anticipated lettings will again be $2.6 billion.
At the end of 2013, PennDOT only bid $1.638 billion in lettings. Act 89 enabled PennDOT to put nearly a $1 billion more projects on the street in 2014 than it was able to do in 2013.
With the recent enactment of the transportation funding bill there is reason to see this trend continue well past 2015. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT exceeding the $2 billion construction lettings mark for years to come.
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.
*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.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation this week launched a website highlighting information about active and upcoming construction projects through 2026.
The website (www.projects.pennDOT.gov) includes explanatory schematics of past, present and future construction projects funded by Act 89, as well as projects that fall under the Four- and Twelve-Year Plans. Projects are searchable by county, PennDOT district and statewide.
Beyond highway construction projects, the website’s Act 89 section details bridge and public transportation projects as well. Act 89, approved in 2013, provides funding for all modes of transportation, including improvements to 5,000 state-owned miles of roads and 600 bridges.
“This website is an excellent resource for highway and public transportation users across Pennsylvania,” PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner said. “It provides up-to-date information about our many road improvements, and shows users the improvements to come. Coupled with PA 511 and its app, PennDOT is making a wealth of information more accessible to transportation system users.”
Motor vehicle accidents on the rise in Pennsylvania, U.S.
An estimated 552 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania during the first six months of 2015, representing a 7 percent hike over the same period last year, according to a report released Monday by the National Safety Council.
The Pennsylvania increase was only half as large as the nation’s estimated 14 percent rise in motor vehicle deaths, totaling 18,630 victims, according to the report. In all, 36 states reported increases over six-month totals for 2014.
Sen. Casey fights against bigger trucks
Monroe County officials have teamed with Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) to call for a change in federal transportation legislation that would allow bigger — and possibly more dangerous — tractor-trailers to travel Pennsylvania highways.
Casey headlined a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Stroudsburg to share his concerns with a portion of a House of Representative’s transportation bill that would allow trucks to reach lengths of 85 feet across two trailers throughout the nation.
Santarsiero shows PennDOT officials road improvement needs
It was road-trip time late Thursday morning for state Rep. Steve Santarsiero and two PennDOT officials.
Santarsiero, D-31, of Lower Makefield, his legislative assistant, Ryan Bevitz, PennDOT’s John Krafczyk and Lorraine Ryan, and members of the local media piled into Santarsiero’s Ford Explorer and proceeded on an hour-long trip around his legislative district as he pointed out spots that he thinks need road or traffic improvements.
PennDOT: Stats show new roundabout improved safety
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says the first roundabout constructed in the six-county northwestern district has produced a significant safety improvement, and it expects to begin work on two roundabouts in Crawford County in 2016.
3-month Route 11/15 closure in 2016: Officials want public meeting
PennDOT should hold a public meeting on next summer’s planned three-month closure of Route 11/15 south of Marysville, state Sen. Rob Teplitz and some local officials and business owners believe.
The closure is needed for the work on the rock slope along a narrow section of Route 11/15, PennDOT maintains. This summer, PennDOT has kept 11/15 open during rock slope work near Duncannon.
PennDOT sets $7.2M project to resurface 17 miles of state highway in Delco
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Tuesday that construction is beginning this week on a $7.2 million project to repair and resurface 17 miles of state highway in Delaware County.
Under this project, financed by the Act 89 Pennsylvania transportation plan, PennDOT’s contractor will improve travel conditions on eight state highways in Delaware County by removing the deteriorated pavement and placing a new asphalt surface on each roadway.
More papal visit transit passes on sale Wednesday via lottery
A one-day online lottery starts at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for special transit passes required for the weekend of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia.
John Caperilla: Congress leaves for summer vacation without a plan to fix our roads
With the highest number of structurally deficient bridges in the country, Pennsylvania won’t be getting much help from the federal government, based on the latest congressional inaction.
It’s absolutely frustrating that our elected leaders continue to kick the can down the road with short-term extensions and see no urgent need to address this issue. Read more