PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 13

March 27, 2017

PDSITELOGO2Uber suspends self-driving car program after crash in Arizona

Uber Technologies Inc. suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway.

The accident caused no serious injuries, Uber said. Even so, the company said it was grounding driverless cars involved in a pilot program in Arizona, Pittsburgh and San Francisco pending the outcome of investigation into the crash on Friday evening in Tempe.

PennDOT opens bid for Route 15 bypass interchange work

Bids have been opened for the third and next to last contract for the northern section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project.

New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. Inc. of New Enterprise submitted the low bid of $37.2 million to build the Route 15 interchange near Winfield, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The project includes 1.5 million cubic yards of earthwork, four bridges, reconstruction of nearly a mile of Route 15 and a temporary bridge over that highway to accommodate earth-moving operations.

Report: Pennsylvania State Police ‘overfunded’ by $222M last year

Pennsylvania State Police received hundreds of millions of dollars last fiscal year from the Motor License Fund that it shouldn’t have, according to a new legislative report.

The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee’s report, released this week, determined the $755 million that state police received in 2015-16 from the Motor License Fund to cover highway safety expenses was $222.2 million too much, based on the committee’s calculation of “appropriate and justifiable” expenditures.

Last leg of the Mon-Fayette Expressway might not happen

Despite having spent at least $16 million planning the last leg of the Mon-Fayette Expressway, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is halting work in response to concerns raised this week by regional leaders.

The expressway, estimated to cost $2.2 billion, would connect Route 51 in Jefferson Hills with Interstate 376 near Monroeville — the last stretch in a decades-long effort to link I-376 to I-68 near Morgantown, W.Va.


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