Dick Hess named as GOP chair for House Transportation

December 19, 2012

Rep. Dick Hess

State Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford) was named today to succeed Rick Geist as Republican chairman of the House Transportation Committee, while Rep. Michael McGeehan of Philadelphia was reappointed Democratic chair.

Hess, a longtime Transportation Committee member, will take the assignment as legislative leaders and Governor Corbett prepare to address Pennsylvania’s transportation funding problem at the beginning of the new legislative session next year.

“Representative Hess’ experience with and understanding of transportation issues will be a great help in navigating funding legislation through the House,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner.  “And with Representative McGeehan as the other chair, PHIA members and transportation advocates in general should be very pleased with the prospects of achieving the important public policy goals that pertain to transportation.”

Hess is in his 13th term, serving residents of the 78th Legislative District, which includes all of Fulton County as well as parts of Huntingdon and Bedford counties.  He moves from chairing the House Commerce Committee in the recently completed 2011-12 legislative session.  Additional biographical information is available at

As Democratic chair, McGeehan has been vocal in his support for a solution to the state’s transportation funding gap, calculated at $3.5 billion per year by the Pennsylvania Transportation Advisory Committee in 2010.  The funding initiative is expected to begin in the Senate shortly after Governor Corbett presents his plan.




PennDOT’s 2013 contract letting dates

December 18, 2012

PennDOT has published its anticipated letting dates for 2013.  To view the dates or obtain a printable calendar, click here.


Source:  PennDOT and the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors





PA Senate Majority Leader Outlines 2013 Agenda

December 18, 2012

This video comes compliments of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce who recently asked Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi what the 2013 legislative agenda will look like.  Hear what he had to say.  (transportation specific comments at 2 min, 22 seconds)




Transportation funding to advance early next year

December 12, 2012

After several years of intensive efforts – by PHIA and others – it appears that legislative leaders and the Corbett administration are ready to move forward in addressing Pennsylvania’s well documented transportation funding needs.

Gov. Corbett outlined his transportation agenda at the PA Society weekend recently held in New York City

Last weekend, the governor weighed in on his support for a comprehensive funding solution as he spoke at a Pennsylvania Society event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. Although declining to discuss specifics of his plan, he said the solution would include multiple funding sources, and he indicated all options are on the table.

Recent news reports have said he and state Sen. John Rafferty, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, have been discussing the elements to be included in funding legislation. Rafferty is expected to introduce the funding legislation early next year.

The response from Pennsylvania’s business community was overwhelmingly supportive. The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, Pennsylvania Business Council, Allegheny Conference, Greater Philadelphia Chamber, Harrisburg Regional Chamber and others chimed in to embrace Corbett’s announcement.

It also is expected that strong editorial support across the state will continue. Corbett’s announcement followed a series of editorials calling for action on the funding issue.

PHIA’s role as a provider of education and information will continue. As it has been since 1960, PHIA’s mission is to educate the public on the importance of a safe and modern highway system.

“It’s gratifying to hear that this issue will finally move forward as we return from the holidays,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “At the same time, we still have a lot of work ahead of us on the education side of the equation. We’re confident, though, that a majority of the public will agree with the need to address this problem, especially given the relatively modest cost for a solution.”

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PennDOT deputy named new Turnpike CEO

December 12, 2012

PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Administration Mark Compton was named the new CEO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and is set to take the post in February.  Compton is a former member of the PHIA Board of Directors where he served prior to being named PennDOT deputy secretary in 2011. He replaces former CEO Roger Nutt who resigned in October for health reasons.

Compton is no stranger to the highway industry where he served as Director of Government Affairs for American Infrastructure, Inc. prior to continuing his career in the public sector.

To read more about the recent appointment in an article published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, click here.