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PennDOT’s November Lettings Top $150 Million

November 30, 2018

PennDOT continued its 2018 construction letting season by issuing over $150.4 million in projects during the month of November, bringing the year-to-date total to just over $2.3 billion according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).  PennDOT finished 2017 with just over $2.578 billion in project lettings.  PennDOT forecasted the 2017 letting program to be $2.4 billion and they anticipate the same for 2018.

As in year’s past, PHIA will continue to track contract lettings on a monthly basis.

To view the full November’s letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

November Letting Report* (PDF)

*The report lists the total contracts awarded at each letting date, a comparison to the same period in the previous calendar year, and letting adjustments made since the previous month. PHIA staff will track PennDOT lettings throughout the year and provide monthly update.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 46

November 28, 2018

With new law on books, PA aims to be a vanguard of autonomous vehicle technology

Not content to bask in the glow of their legislative victory last month, supporters of self-driving vehicle technologies in Pennsylvania are already moving forward on their plans to make the state a hotbed for the still-embryonic industry.

What’s driving the increase in truck traffic?

According to PennDOT, northeastern Pennsylvania has more miles of interstate than any other region in the state, and those interstates can take trucks to a third of the U.S. population in a day’s drive.

Route 219 officially opens for public use

After 16 years of planning and construction, a new section of Route 219 in Somerset County has opened for the public to use. The 11-mile stretch is four lanes, providing a safer and more efficient route for drivers between Somerset and Meyersdale. The route will also be connected to Route 68 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the future allowing economic growth to the Somerset and Meyersdale communities.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 45

November 19, 2018

All Pa. Turnpike lanes to open for Thanksgiving travel

With the busiest six travel days of the year starting this week, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced all lanes of traffic will be open – barring emergencies – to accommodate the spike in motorists.

Pennsylvania’s infrastructure gets C-minus, council says

The state earned a cumulative GPA of a C-minus on the 2018 Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure.

Transportation lockboxes: The road funding policy that doesn’t improve roads much

Voters in Connecticut approved a transportation “lockbox.” But historically, they do little to address transportation funding problems.

Elections set up road funding battles in the states

Last week’s elections had enough good news to keep up the spirits of transportation advocates — an effort to roll back a California gas tax hike failed, candidates promising to fix roads were elected as governors and dozens of local transportation ballot measures passed.

Under construction: PennDOT plans decade of work on Route 1

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is embarking on a major Route 1 reconstruction project that will see crews sharing the busy road with motorists from now through at least 2025 as they widen the road, replace bridges and more in an estimated, nearly $300 million overhaul of almost five miles between the Bucks County line in Bensalem to just past the Pine Street Bridge in Langhorne.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 44

November 5, 2018

Uber wants to resume self-driving car tests on public roads

Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads. The company has filed an application with PennDOT to test in Pittsburgh, and it has issued a lengthy safety report pledging to put two human backup drivers in each vehicle and take a raft of other precautions to make the vehicles safe.

Trillium opens its fourth public CNG location in Indiana County

Trillium, along with PennDOT, celebrated the opening of the commonwealth’s newest compressed natural gas fueling station in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

PennDOT faces uphill battle in fixing local landslides

PennDOT is fighting an uphill battle when it comes to local landslides, and there is seemingly no easy solution moving forward.

A crisis in motion: America’s transportation dilemma

Federal policy, and other factors, are disrupting efforts to improve transit and forcing urban planners to make tough choices.