PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA Digest Vol. 34

July 27, 2015

PDSITELOGO2Early look at raising speed limits in Pennsylvania promising
Pennsylvania motorists who gravitate toward the left lane may have to wait a bit longer to learn whether state policymakers consider it safe to increase interstate speed limits to 70 mph.

A Penn State study of crash and speed data in pilot areas where the higher speeds have been in place for about year found no significant overall increases in speeds for cars or trucks, and that the percentage of vehicles going faster than the posted limit deceased by about a third.

License plate tags may continue to stick around in Pennsylvania
A plan to eliminate the tiny registration stickers that drivers must put on their license plates appears to be running into a police roadblock.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, hoping to modernize the renewal process and make it more consumer friendly, wants to stop sending out the stickers at the end of next year. Officials say the department would save money and drivers could renew online and print out their registrations without waiting for a card and sticker to arrive in the mail.

Why Pa. won’t raise the speed limit to 70 mph (opinion)
A year ago, as state officials dithered over raising the speed limit to 70 mph on Pennsylvania’s highways, I said it should be raised to 100 mph.

This is because most vehicles today can be safely handled on highways at speeds up to 130 mph, which is why speedometers go that high. An average minivan is built to operate at that speed.

Pennsylvania bills tap cameras, stiff penalties to address work zone safety
State lawmakers in Pennsylvania are pursuing changes that they believe would improve safety in active work zones throughout the state.

In 2014, there were 1,841 crashes that resulted in 24 deaths in work zones throughout Pennsylvania.

Overpasses: A love story
The Marquette Interchange is an engineering marvel, a steel and concrete symphony of girders and flyovers at the edge of downtown Milwaukee, harmonizing traffic from three intersecting interstates with 29 bridges and 200,000 tons of asphalt. It looks like a wheat-and-blue roller coaster sculpted by a surrealist, one of those loop-de-loop highway hells where tourists are always getting lost in New Yorker cartoons. It’s basically a 21st-century vehicle distribution system the size of a city neighborhood, financed by $800 million from state and federal taxpayers.

‘Put the brakes on’ larger tractor trailer plan, Pennsylvania senator says
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said Thursday he won’t support a bill before Senate that includes a provision allowing longer, double tractor trailers in all 50 states.

The House Transportation Appropriations Bill, which would allocate national transportation funding, is in its “early stages,” the Democrat representing Pennsylvania said, but already there’s one stipulation he knows he opposes.

 

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