PHIA News Digest – Vol. 10

February 9, 2015

PHIA_LOGODecaying roads, bridges attract investor interest
The companies are working with states and localities fed up with federal inaction to jump-start transit projects and revamp public works suffering from decades of neglect. Such an alliance in Pennsylvania, home to the nation’s highest number of deficient bridges, is letting the state replace 558 crossings more cheaply and more quickly.

“We’re pretty happy with where we are,” said Bryan Kendro, director of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Public Private Partnerships office. “It gives us confidence to continue to look at other opportunities.”

Roundabouts gaining traction in Pennsylvania
Found to be safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists than traditional intersections, and more efficient in moving traffic, roundabouts have been pitched for Hamilton Street in Allentown, two spots in Upper Macungie Township and a few spots along Route 222 in Berks County, including one in Maidencreek Township that about 1,500 petition-signers oppose.

Pa. to pay shippers that boost deliveries to Port of Philadelphia
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced an “incentive program” Tuesday to increase cargoes at the Port of Philadelphia.

Gov. Tom Wolf said that $1 million annually will be committed for five years to encourage ocean carriers to deliver more 20-foot and 40-foot containers filled with cargoes to Philadelphia piers and terminals.

President Obama’s transportation proposal may face a rough road
President Barack Obama’s budget proposal seeks $478 billion over six years to improve what it called “crumbling” roads and bridges, transit systems and freight networks.

It’s a familiar refrain for the president, who has repeatedly called on Congress in previous years to increase infrastructure spending to preserve the nation’s global competitiveness and stimulate job growth.

Mapping America’s most dangerous bridges
Twenty two percent of Pennsylvania’s 23,000 highway bridges are deficient, which, if you’ve ever had the misfortune of driving up I-81 in that state, you know in your heart to be true.


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