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U.S. House passes short-term funding bill

The U.S. House this week approved by a wide margin a short-term measure that would prop up the Federal Highway Trust Fund through next spring. That it was generally welcomed by the construction industry and transportation advocates… [read more]

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2014 Transportation Conference a Success

PHIA members know that we don’t hand out our Advocate of the Year awards to just anyone. In fact, it’s not unusual for us to skip the award some years. This year, however, we honored not one, but two transportation advocates,… [read more]

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Corbett unveils “Decade of Investment” for transportation

Gov. Tom Corbett announced today that PennDOT will invest $2.1 billion in bridge and highway work this year, about $600 million more than would have been available without passage of the Transportation Funding Act last fall. At… [read more]

Corbett unveils “Decade of Investment” for transportation Corbett unveils “Decade of Investment” for transportation

U.S. Highway Trust Fund could run out by July

The federal Highway Trust Fund could run out of money as early as July, according to a recently updated projection by the U.S. Department of Transportation. On Oct. 1, the beginning of the current fiscal year, the highway portion… [read more]

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NEWS & UPDATES

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PennDOT lets over $1.4 billion in projects in first 6 months of 2014

June 30, 2014 -- Leave a Comment

NEW_PENNDOTAct 89 continues to push construction lettings to significantly higher levels thus far in 2014. PennDOT had another strong month in June with over $510 million in projects being put out on the street. This brings the year-to-date total to over $1.4 billion. At this same point in 2013, PennDOT only bid $724.4 million in lettings. At this pace, PennDOT would end 2014 with over $2 billion in lettings.

With the recent enactment of the transportation funding bill there is reason to see this trend continue. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT coming close to $2 billion in construction lettings in 2014. PennDOT finished 2013 with $1.6 billion in lettings. Read more

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Annual conference video wrap-up

June 16, 2014 -- Leave a Comment

PHIA’s annual conference last month featured a wide variety of interesting presentations.  Here the presenters summarize their thoughts.

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Strong lettings during month of May

June 2, 2014 -- Leave a Comment

NEW_PENNDOTThe effects of Act 89 continue to spike PennDOT lettings in 2014.   PennDOT had a strong bidding period in may with over $300 million in projects being put out on the street.  This brings the year-to-date total to over $959 million.  At this same point in 2013, PennDOT only bid $575.7 million in lettings.  At this pace, PennDOT would end 2014 with over $2 billion in lettings.

With the recent enactment of the transportation funding bill there is reason to see this trend continue.  Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT coming close to $2 billion in construction lettings in 2014.  PennDOT finished 2013 with $1.6 billion in lettings. Read more

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Funding act supporters win re-nomination

May 29, 2014 -- Leave a Comment

rsz_us-election1Transportation funding advocates are fond of noting that following the gas-tax increase of 1997, no incumbent who supported the increase lost his or her seat because of it.

This year – at least through the primary – the same holds true. Many incumbents who had previously supported Act 89, including Reps. Mark Keller, Stan Saylor, Mauree Gingrich, Patty Kim, Karen Boback, Margo Davidson and Seth Grove, won their party’s nomination fairly handily.

Rep. Ryan Aument, who also supported the funding act, was nominated for a vacant Senate seat. Kristen Phillips-Hill, running for a vacant House seat, defeated a tea party candidate to win the nomination.

Of the handful of incumbents who lost their bids for re-nomination and who supported Act 89, their vote clearly was not the main reason. Some are facing criminal charges, and one was thrown into a district with a fellow incumbent following legislative redistricting. Read more

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2014 Road and Bridge Safety Award Program Open to PA Counties

May 28, 2014 -- Leave a Comment

CCAP2Each 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 2013.  The competition recognizes not only major, high-cost projects, but any improvements that have increased public safety.   All entries are graded in four categories:  Safety, Resource Innovation, Benefits of Improvements, and Cooperation.

Applications are now open to all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.  For more information on the program or to download an applications, click here.

Entries are being taken until July 3, 2014.