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The State Transportation Commission today updated Pennsylvania’s 12-Year Transportation Program with a 50 percent boost in transportation spending directly attributable to passage of Act 89 last fall. The new plan anticipates… [read more]
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2014 Transportation Conference a Success
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Corbett unveils “Decade of Investment” for transportation
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NEWS & UPDATES
Among the solutions for improving highways is one that requires relatively little investment and no new construction. PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch, appearing on Pennsylvania Newsmakers this week, outlined the department’s “Green Light Go” program and joined Associated Pennsylvania Constructors’ Bob Latham to provide a progress report on Act 89, the transportation funding measure that passed nearly one year ago.
“There’s no better low-cost improvement to reduce congestion and improve safety than to upgrade traffic signals,” the secretary said. To view the entire segment, click here.
PennDOT’s continuing effort to highlight the benefits of Act 89, the transportation funding bill, received a boost from Gov. Tom Corbett this week in a high-profile news event in Pittsburgh.
With the Birmingham Bridge serving as a backdrop, the governor made the point that the funding bill will benefit people in every corner of Pennsylvania. The Birmingham Bridge itself will undergo $28.5 million in repairs after an incident in 2008 that closed the bridge for a month when the bridge deck dropped due to deterioration.
Funding from Act 89 accelerated the timetable to repair the bridge. The act will raise $2.3 billion per year in additional transportation revenue by 2018, supporting tens of thousands of jobs.
So far, PennDOT has started work on more than 200 Act 89-funded projects covering more than 1,600 miles of roads and 83 bridges. Overall, more than 900 projects are expected to get underway this year, both from Act 89 and prior funding streams.
To view the entire news release, click here.
That observation was among the views that PHIA President Tom Lawson shared with members of the Senate Transportation Committee recently during a hearing on the benefits of Act 89, the transportation funding measure approved last year.
Lawson said a community’s image is one of the intangibles regarding site selection that doesn’t receive the attention it deserves.
“The condition of our roads says something about who we are as a region and state,” Lawson said. “If we care enough to keep our homes in good repair, then the same should hold true for our roads that we drive on almost every day of the week. The same can be said for our transit systems, airports, etc.”
He said Act 89, which eventually will generate an additional $2.3 billion per year for transportation, will help communities keep and expand job opportunities in Pennsylvania, and attract the attention of prospective employers scouting new work sites.
Act 89 continues to push construction lettings to significantly higher levels compared to last year. PennDOT had another strong month with over $200 million in projects being put out on the street during the month of September. This now brings the year-to-date total to over $2.1 billion. At this same point in 2013, PennDOT only bid $1.209 billion in lettings. At this pace, PennDOT would end 2014 well over its initial $2.2 billion estimate.
With the recent enactment of the transportation funding bill there is reason to see this trend continue in 2015. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT exceeding $2 billion in construction lettings in 2015. PennDOT finished 2013 with $1.6 billion in lettings.
As in year’s past, PHIA will continue to track contract lettings on a monthly basis.
To view the full September 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.