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PennDOT’s August lettings were $154 million

August 29, 2013

NEW_PENNDOTThe Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation (PennDOT) let just under $154 million in projects during the month of August bringing the year-to-date total to $1.092 billion.  PennDOT is on pace to finish the 2013 calendar year with only $1.6 billion in lettings.  To put in perspective, PennDOT finished the 2012 calendar year with $1.973 billion.  PennDOT’s initial 2013 letting program forecast was $1.7 billion.  Click HERE to view a chart of the PennDOT letting history since 1994.

To view the full August letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

*August Letting Report (PDF)

*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.

Facts & Figures

How much do vehicles weigh?

August 23, 2013

bridgeweightlimit0822-thumb-300x224-9576PennDOT put together this great pictorial of what various vehicles actually weigh.  So, when you approach that bridge that posted at 10 tons…lets hope you’re not in a school bus.  Click here to see what we mean.

 

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PennDOT posts weight restrictions on 1,000 bridges

August 22, 2013

PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch announced today that the department has posted weight restrictions on approximately 1,000 state and local bridges in order to minimize wear and tear on them in the absence of a bridge and highway funding plan. A listing of the bridges can be viewed by clicking on “Bridge Information” in the right-hand column at www.dot.state.pa.us.

In a statement released this morning, Secretary Schoch said, “Posting bridges with weight restrictions minimizes the wear and tear which will help keep the structures open and safer for a longer period of time. This will also allow us to continue to invest our limited resources into higher-priority bridges.

“Pennsylvania has the third-largest number of bridges in the nation, but the average bridge age is 51. We also lead the nation in the number of bridges classified as structurally deficient. To this point, Pennsylvania has been one of the most liberal with posting criteria compared to other states, all within national standards. For comparison, if we utilized Connecticut’s more-stringent criteria, more than 11,000 weight restrictions would exist in Pennsylvania. Also, Pennsylvania currently ranks 35th in the nation for the number of SD bridges that are posted or closed. As we move to this more conservative posting method we will rank 27th.  Read more

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Nearly 10,000 PA jobs permanently at risk with impending bridge and highway cuts

August 1, 2013

Cutting highway and bridge work by 25 percent and sustaining that cut in the years ahead would put as many as 9,600 Pennsylvania jobs permanently at risk and cost the state $1.25 billion in lost economic activity over a five-year period, an industry economist told the Senate Transportation Committee this week.

Dr. Alison Premo-Black, chief economist for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), was invited to testify before the committee based on a report she authored on behalf the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors. It looked at the potential impact of a decrease in the state’s highway and bridge investment from the current $4.3 billion market to $3.8 billion in 2017.

“In this scenario, Pennsylvania contractors will demand fewer materials, equipment and supplies as the overall market opportunities decline and they have fewer projects backlogged,” Black explained.

More than half of the jobs lost would be in sectors other than highway construction, she said. According to the report, nearly 1,000 lost jobs will be in the retail sector, with another 900 related to other administrative and professional services. Nearly eight percent of the job losses could be in the manufacturing sector, and the healthcare industry could lose over 600. Read more