Happy 75th Birthday, Pennsylvania Turnpike!
On Thursday, October 1, the Pennsylvania Turnpike will turn 75 years old. It’s estimated that about 10,000 people traveled the turnpike in its first few days in 1940 and sent “Greetings from Pennsylvania Turnpike” postcards. Our… [read more]
Roundabouts to grow in quantity, improve safety
Drivers may begin to see more roundabouts in their Pennsylvania commutes, as studies have concluded that they are safer than traditional intersections. One such study was recently conducted in the Lehigh Valley and found that… [read more]
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]
NEWS & UPDATES
PennDOT continued its strong, post-Act 89 momentum by letting just over $279 million in projects during September, bringing the year-to-date total to just over $2 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. Read more
PennDOT seeks public input on bridge projects
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking public input about plans to rehabilitate the two bridges carrying northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 79 over the Conneaut Swamp in Greenwood Township, Crawford County.
10-county regional transportation alliance to form in Western Pa.
The Allegheny Conference on Community Development will announce an initiative Wednesday to address such an approach when it introduces the Regional Transportation Alliance of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The new public-private group that includes 10 counties in the region will begin an effort to develop a regional transportation plan.
About 600 groups and organizations will be asked for input during the process, Fitzgerald said.
New exhibit celebrates Pennsylvania Turnpike, America’s ‘first superhighway’
It was called “a dream highway,” the “first superhighway” and “the first American highway that’s better than the American car.”
When the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 1940, America had never seen anything like it, said Curt Miner, senior history curator at The State Museum of Pennsylvania and project director of a new exhibit opening there about the turnpike.
PennDOT accepting applications for Multimodal grant funding
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin accepting funding transportation improvement project applications on Saturday under the Multimodal Transportation Fund, basing selections on such criteria as job creation, energy efficiency, feasibility and sustainability.
“When we were developing Act 89 of 2013, the state’s historic transportation funding bill, we recognized the importance and need of promoting multimodal investments,” Sen. John Rafferty (R-44), chairman of the state Senate Transportation Committee, said. “The Multimodal Transportation Fund is an innovative, sustainable funding alternative to improve transit, aviation, rail freight, bicycle and pedestrian alternatives and other transportation-related projects in this commonwealth.”
Senate Bill 840, sponsored by Senators David Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Judy Schwank (D-Berks), would establish a five-year pilot program to test the automated enforcement program in active work zones on Interstate highways managed by either PennDOT or the Turnpike Commission. The owners of cars photographed traveling at least 11 miles per hour above the posted speed limit would receive a $100 citation in the mail. The bill also requires advanced warning signs to be placed in advance of camera usage to alert motorists that automated enforcement is in operation.
If the measure receives Senate approval, it will then be considered by the House before being sent to the governor for final approval.
CEO Council for Growth calls for long-term highway infrastructure funding
Greater Philadelphia’s total number of roadway miles in dire need of repair increased by 8 percent between 2005 and 2012, the CEO Council for Growth, an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, recently said.
With more than 1,000 miles of national highways plus more than 350 interstate route miles, the Pennsylvania-Delaware-New Jersey region’s infrastructure requires quick authorization of the nation’s highway and transit programs prior to the current Oct. 29 expiration date, the council said.
PUC rejects Uber petition related to limo service in Pa.
Judging from documents filed with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, San Francisco-based ride sharing company Uber wants to launch its UberBlack app-based black car service statewide. But a petition to waive existing regulations governing limousine service already has been rejected by the PUC, which said the company needs to submit a formal application. Read more
State creates travelers’ website for papal visit
A detailed travelers’ website has been launched to assist people headed for the Sept. 26 and 27 visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia. “With enthusiastic crowds expected to converge on Philadelphia, this site will offer up-to-the-minute information to assist visitors and make their experience as enjoyable as possible,” said Gov. Tom Wolf who announced the launch of the site Monday.
Projected travel times rolled out on PennDOT electronic message boards
Drivers taking to midstate highways and expressways can now better gauge the time it’ll take to reach a final destination.
On Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation rolled out new technology that has updated electronic message signs along interstate highways and major expressways. The signs now include projected travel times.
Pennsylvania lawmakers pursue changes to truck rules
As fall nears, state lawmakers in Pennsylvania continue to put in work on issues that include addressing multiple rules that affect truck drivers.
One Senate-approved bill awaiting consideration on the House floor would sync the state’s code with federal CDL regulations on license testing and learner’s permit standards.
$500K project to fix up interstates’ sign lighting set to start in October
A project to repair highway and sign lighting along the interstate highway network in northwestern Pennsylvania is scheduled to begin soon, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
The project will repair and maintain lighting along interstates 79, 80, 86, 90 and 376 in Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Venango counties.