PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 47

December 4, 2017

Beyond roundabouts, PennDOT plans diverging diamond interchanges

If PennDOT rocked the boat when it began building roundabouts, expect things to get even stranger when diverging diamond interchanges start appearing in the midstate over the next few years.

Start gathering your identifying documents now for 2019 REAL ID rollout, PennDOT says

As PennDOT brings its driver-licensing systems in line with the federal “REAL ID” standards, the agency is urging residents to start gathering the required identifying documents now or check with the state in a few months to see if they’re already on file.

5 things to know about the stretch of I-78 slated for $175 million project

If you’ve ever driven west of the Lehigh Valley on Interstate 78, then you know how the large expressway shape-shifts as you enter Berks County. Elevations change, curves become curvier and an encroaching claustrophobia takes hold. Suddenly the tractor trailers sharing the road seem too close for comfort.

Uncertainty mounts over timing of Trump’s infrastructure plan

Uncertainty is growing on Capitol Hill over whether the Trump administration will immediately turn to an infrastructure package after Congress finishes tax reform. President Trump has promised to unveil his long-awaited rebuilding plan after taxes, but he may be eager to first revisit the health-care debate, according to a top Republican.

The GOP tax bills are infrastructure bills too. Here’s why.

The tax code overhauls being pushed by congressional Republicans might not sound like infrastructure bills, but they contain many provisions that could have a big impact on the ability of states and localities to pay for public works improvements.

Update on 422 bridge expansion

The expansion of the Route 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River is on pace for a 2020 opening, with a lane shift expected by the end of the year.

PennDOT pares list of structurally deficient bridges

As far back as the early years of the Gov. Ed Rendell administration, PennDOT District 12 Executive Joseph Szczur “knew we had a tidal wave of bad bridges coming our way.”


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