PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 21

May 23, 2017

PDSITELOGO2PennDOT unveils three alternate routes for Routes 11/15 bypass in Snyder County

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has made public three alternate routes for the Central Susquehanna Thruway in Snyder County to avoid two fly ash waste basins.

Project design team members will display detailed maps of the alternate routes and be available to address questions at the meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Selinsgrove Middle School on 18th Street in the borough.

Mr. President, where’s that infrastructure plan?

Missing in action amid the hoopla on the barely passed House health-care bill and the broadly supported government funding measure is the promised infrastructure package by President Trump.

During a speech in Kenosha, Wis., on April 18, Trump declared that a sweeping change is on the horizon. “Infrastructure. Big infrastructure bill,” he said. “Infrastructure is coming, and it’s coming fast.”

But just a month before, Philadelphia’s city planning director, Anne Fadullon, had addressed the National Press Club in Washington about the uncertainty of necessary infrastructure reform. “We have no more information than you do,” she said.

Should struggling airports be turned over to companies?

St. Louis has a vexing problem with its airport: It’s too big.

Lambert International today handles only about half as much traffic as it did just over a decade ago. That’s left the facility with more than enough runway capacity and a lot of empty gates.

Why the precipitous drop in traffic? Airline consolidations. When American Airlines took over TWA, which was based in St. Louis, it stopped using Lambert as a Midwestern hub.

State officials discuss bicycle safety, improvements for cyclists

With the start of Bike to Work week, the Wolf administration announced a series of improvements for bicyclists during an event featuring an executive bike ride around Harrisburg by several cabinet members and others. Representatives from PennDOT and the departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, Health and Labor & Industry joined in the ride.

 

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