PennDOT begins 2011 with $66 million in lettings

January 31, 2011

The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) bid out just over $66.5million in projects in January to begin the 2011 construction year.  PennDOT finished the 2010 calendar year with approximately $2.1 billion in lettings but has forecast that 2011 will only see $1.7 billion, which was the level of the program back in 2006-07.  The department said this decrease is largely due to the expiration of the federal Economic Stimulus payments as well as a decrease in state funding and stagnet federal funding.  To put into perspective, PennDOT’s lettings were $2.8 billion in 2009 due to the billion dollars in economic stimulus funds. Read more


I-81 series a must-read for transportation issue aficionados

January 21, 2011

This week, the Chambersburg Public Opinion, Carlisle Sentinel and Lebanon Daily News published an ambitious four-part series titled “Interstate 81: Troubled Highway.”   The fall semester journalism class at Shippensburg University also contributed to the project.

The series, published simultaneously by the three newspapers in print and online, examined the ways I-81 has re-shaped the smaller communities along its path, both as an economic lifeline and a challenge to public safety. The series also noted that the highway’s continued viability is increasingly at risk due to little funding or public commitment to its future. Read more


The good news is, the economy is improving…

January 20, 2011

If there is a positive aspect to a sluggish economy – and certainly there aren’t many – it’s that tough times tend to ease traffic congestion. This was the case in 2007 and 2008, according to the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University, which this week released its 2010 Urban Mobility Report. Read more


New Minority Chairman McGeehan Discusses Transportation Needs

January 20, 2011

Newly appointed minority House Transportation Chairman Mike McGeehan (D-Philadelphia) discusses the state of transportation in Pennsylvania.


PHIA’s Barry Schoch nominated for PennDOT secretary

January 12, 2011

PHIA President Barry Schoch, a vice president at McCormick Taylor and a passionate and forceful advocate for a 21st Century transportation system in Pennsylvania, has been nominated as PennDOT secretary, Governor-elect Tom Corbett announced today. Read more