PHIA News Digest – Vol. 26

June 1, 2015

PDSITELOGO2Pa.’s crumbling bridges must be addressed, Sen. Casey says: video
More than one-fifth of Pennsylvania’s 22,691 bridges have been deemed structurally deficient, a fact that has prompted a renewed call by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey for local transportation funding.

“Pennsylvania ranks No. 1 in a category we don’t want to be No. 1 in,” said Casey, D-Pa., as he stood beneath one such bridge over the Paxton Creek. In Dauphin County alone, he said, there are 147 structurally deficient bridges.

Pennsylvania townships praise Sen. Bob Casey for bridge support
Following the passage of extended funding by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) proposed a bill in Washington, D.C., on May 22 to ease federal funding restrictions on locally owned bridges.

According to the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS), Casey’s support comes at a crucial time.

“Many of these local bridges in Pennsylvania are critical connectors in the overall transportation system,” PSATS Executive Director David M. Sanko said. “At jeopardy is the day-to-day travel of local residents, buses taking children to and from school, and essential delivery and emergency vehicles.”

Transportation group meets [in Pittsburgh] this week
It may be heady stuff for Pittsburghers who get stuck in traffic, can’t find a parking spot or flatten their tires on potholes.

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America convenes here starting today, bringing 2,000 transportation professionals together to share their visions of a future where technology and data help to all but eliminate congestion and crashes and inconvenience in getting around.

Transportation leaders from all 50 states, and some from abroad, will be here through Wednesday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, with a packed agenda of speeches, demonstrations, seminars and panel discussions.


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