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House passes legislation to honor Rick Geist

The Pennsylvania House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would honor a longtime House Transportation Committee chair, the late Rick Geist. Sponsored by Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair), the bill would dedicate the 17th… [read more]

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New tool provides highway investment info

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association launched a tool this week that highlights the benefits of highway investment across the country. It shows that Pennsylvania leveraged nearly $1.2 billion in federal… [read more]

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New report cites poor condition of PA’s rural roads and bridges

Pennsylvania has the fifth-highest number of deteriorating rural bridges in the country, according to a new study by a national transportation research organization. The report, produced by a Washington-based nonprofit organization… [read more]

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Across Pa., highway projects set for restart

After suspending construction for six weeks due to COVID-19, contractors are preparing to restart bridge and highway projects across Pennsylvania as soon as May 1. As construction resumes, there has been much discussion regarding… [read more]

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Coronavirus is the newest threat to highway funding

Despite the troubles that swirl around us, there was a glimmer of positivity this week as the American Road & Transportation Builders Association released its annual report on the condition of the nation’s bridges. In… [read more]

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NEWS & UPDATES

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 38

September 21, 2020 -- Leave a Comment

PennDOT says highly automated vehicles have ‘potential to help make transportation safer’

The state secretary of transportation said that there were more than 125,000 reports of crashes in Pennsylvania last year, killing 1,059 people. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 94 percent of those crashes were from driver error. Officials think highly automated vehicles can improve those numbers.

PennDOT issues Real IDs in PA after coronavirus delay

PennDOT has started reissuing Real ID driver’s licenses Wednesday after the coronavirus outbreak forced a six-month pause in operations. The licenses are one way Pennsylvania residents can meet security rules going into effect in October 2021 that will determine who can board a domestic flight or enter certain government facilities.

‘Steer Clear’ law revisions advance in Pennsylvania

The Senate Transportation Committee voted to advance the bill to improve safety on the state’s roadways. If approved by the legislature, the bill would mark the second time in four years revisions have been made to the safety rule.

Report: Moving to fully electric vehicles could save lives, improve climate

It’s no secret that pollution is harmful in many ways to both, the planet and the people. Now, a new American Lung Association report called “Road to Clean Air” claims a transition to zero-emissions electric vehicles by 2050 could save thousands of lives and improve our climate and economy.

Harrisburg officials present plan for safer State Street

Their goal was to engage with residents about coming changes to State Street – an area that was once named the deadliest road in the nation for pedestrians. And over the past two years, the city’s Vision Zero project has studied the statistics and consulted with residents to see how they could make the road safer for people to cross.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 37

September 15, 2020 -- Leave a Comment

Tolls on N.J. Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and A.C. Expressway are going up

The increases, which have met with opposition in recent months as financial impacts from the pandemic continue to burden residents, will help fund construction projects.

Pa. could lose manufacturing jobs because of public transportation’s funding crisis

Public transportation’s funding crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic could cost jobs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by impacting billions in spending on goods from rail cars to construction services.

Bayfront Parkway project receives $21 million in federal BUILD grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania’s federal lawmakers announced Thursday the project will receive $21 million in federal BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) Grant funds.

Truck drivers ‘fearful’ of whether they’ll find open, clean facilities as they travel through Pa.

When federal and state officials began repeating the message to increase sanitation standards and hygiene care to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, at least one industry deemed essential – trucking – found itself stuck on how to do that.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 36

September 9, 2020 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 36

PennDOT accepting applications under Multimodal Transportation Fund

PennDOT today announced that applications will be accepted to fund new transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund through Nov. 6.

PA lawmakers may enact stiffer penalties for violating state traffic law

The Move Over bill makes updates to the state’s existing Steer Clear law. The bill would affect any driver who comes upon an incident that is in the road or on the side of it. The driver has to move over.

PennDOT data shows Pennsylvania roundabouts reducing fatalities, injuries and crashes

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that fatalities, injuries, and crashes decreased overall at 22 roundabouts at 19 locations after they were built, according to department data.

Inclined Plane rehab back on track

Propelled with a $500,000 Save America’s Treasures grant and resolution of a state-funding glitch, the $6.4 million rehabilitation of Johnstown Inclined Plane is back on track.

PennDOT extends expiration dates

PennDOT announced that in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts, expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents through Sept. 30.

 

News

Roundabouts again shown to improve safety

September 3, 2020 -- Comments Off on Roundabouts again shown to improve safety

PennDOT released a report this week that once again verifies that roundabouts are considerably safer than the intersections they replace.

PennDOT examined data gathered at 22 roundabouts on state routes at intersections that previously had been controlled with traffic signals or stop signs. All 22 had at least three years of crash data available before and after the roundabout was built.

The data showed that suspected serious injuries were reduced by 78 percent, suspected minor injuries were reduced by 62 percent, possible/unknown severity injuries were reduced by 82 percent, and property damage-only crashes increased by 20 percent.

Most impressive is that the study showed that, through 2019, fatalities were reduced to zero, and crashes overall were reduced by 24 percent.

“Pennsylvania didn’t have many roundabouts until recent years, and many people were concerned that they would actually cause more accidents,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “But the data prove that the opposite is true. And not only are they safer, they usually improve traffic flow as well.”

PennDOT notes that 34 other roundabouts have been built on state routes, with another 40 in design.

To learn more about roundabouts, visit PennDOT’s roundabout page at this link.

 

Facts & Figures

PennDOT & Turnpike Combined Letting History – updated Jan. 2020

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PennDOT & Turnpike Combined Letting History Chart (pdf)