PHIA News Digest – Vol. 62

February 8, 2016

PDSITELOGO2Transportation funding expected to fall $6B short in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania will be about $6 billion short of being able to fund all the projects legislators promised their constituents during passage of Act 89, the transportation funding bill of 2013.

Secretary Leslie Richards will break the news to the Senate Transportation Committee when she testifies Tuesday, according to a copy of her testimony obtained by the Tribune-Review.

New federal transportation bill puts Pa. on the right track – but more work is needed: Yassmin Gramian
Washington’s recent delivery of a long-term, national transportation-funding package was eagerly anticipated – and warmly welcomed – by Pennsylvania, which has a significant backlog of vital transportation needs to address.

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, which was signed into law in December, will provide $305 billion in funding to states over five years, helping them build and maintain bridges, transit, rail lines, freight capabilities and ports.

Editorial: Lawmakers over-promise yet again
The growing applause from Pennsylvania drivers as gas prices dip below $2 for the first time since 2009 hit a speed bump this week with the announcement that the higher prices at the pump will not lead to many of the promised infrastructure repairs.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards said this week the three-year old transportation bill — perhaps the crowning achievement of former Gov. Tom Corbett’s one term — which was expected to lead to more than 9,500 projects worth $30 billion lacks funding for 2,800 bridge and road proposals.

PennDOT offers traffic pattern options for road project
A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation representative attended Tuesday’s Northumberland Borough council meeting, offering some thoughts and options for re-directing traffic during a borough-wide Pennsylvania Department of Transportation road upgrade.

The two-year $11 million-plus project, scheduled to commence in April 2017, will include the complete reconstruction of Route 147 (Duke Street), Route 147 (King Street), Route 11 (Water Street) and Route 11 south (Front Street) within the borough limits. Intersection improvements will be made at the Duke Street/Water Street and King Street/Water Street intersections.


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