PHIA News Digest – Vol. 91

September 12, 2016

PDSITELOGO2Audit: Pennsylvania Turnpike could face ‘transportation disaster’

An audit claims that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s financial situation could lead to dire consequences if new laws are not enacted.

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced on Tuesday during a news conference that the commission is on “potentially unstable financial ground” that could lead to “transportation disaster.”

Part of two-year, Crawford and Warren counties road fix-up plan starts Monday

A two-year project that will improve travel for motorists on 29.8 miles on portions of seven roads in Crawford and Warren counties is scheduled to begin next week, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

APTA: Public transit helps reduce traffic deaths

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) yesterday released a new study that shows commuters can reduce their chances of being in an accident by 90 percent if they use public transit instead of cars.

The study also found that transit-oriented communities are five times safer than automobile-centric communities due to a lower traffic casualty rate,  APTA officials said in a media conference call.

Northampton County’s upcoming bridge project is breaking the mold

Transportation officials across Pennsylvania will have their eyes on Northampton County over the next few years as it begins a groundbreaking project to replace or repair more than a quarter of its bridges.

Within the next month or so, the county’s General Purpose Authority is expected to award a Private-Public Partnership, or P3, contract to address 33 structurally deficient bridges. Under the program, the first of its kind among local governments in Pennsylvania, the bridges will be replaced in record time while locking in the county’s costs.


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