PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 40

October 7, 2019

Here are the most crash-prone intersections and interchanges in the Lehigh Valley

Intersections are one of the most common road features drivers encounter behind the wheel, but one with lurking dangers. Of the Lehigh Valley’s 39,304 reported crashes in the past five years, 46.4% of them happened at a point where at least two roads meet.

Funding transportation in Pennsylvania has been a bumpy road

State Sen. John Yudichak on Friday said the last time the Sans Souci Parkway was pothole-free, Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski was singing at San Souci Park dances.

Pennsylvania bill would quicken shifting funds to roads

Sen. Joe Pittman, R-Indiana, has introduced a bill to expedite the timeframe for reducing the revenue diversions. The state’s general fund is being tapped to cover the difference.

Pandering is Pa.’s biggest road hazard

No other state has this fundamental governance problem — the Legislature allows more than $700 million a year supposedly dedicated to highway projects to be used instead to pay more than half of the state police budget. That is because lawmakers will not force hundreds of local governments to pay for their own police protection or pay a fee for state police coverage.

We’re now $4B shy of meeting these transportation needs in the Lehigh Valley

Tasked with suddenly making major cuts to the project list because of funding cuts, Lehigh Valley Transportation Study members presented a final draft on Wednesday with $2,480,130,108 in projects for the next 25 years.

PennDOT hears feedback on proposed I-83 widening project

PennDOT wants to update a busy stretch of Interstate 83 in York County in order to reduce congestion and provide relief to several major interchanges.

PennDOT releases roundabout video with driving tips

PennDOT released a new video, aimed at helping drivers get ready for the upcoming “Big I” roundabout near Meadville.

Northeast states take first step in effort to reduce transportation emissions

A coalition of New England and mid-Atlantic states on Tuesday took a first step toward limiting transportation emissions across 13 states.

After more than 58 years, the Scudder Falls Bridge is being dismantled

The bridge, long classified as functionally obsolete, started to undergo demolition—or, more precisely, dismantling section-by-section—in July, while traffic on Interstate 295 was routed onto a new replacement bridge.

Pa. residents will need a REAL ID to board an airplane starting October 2020

Pennsylvanians who want to board an airplane will soon need a star on their driver’s license, indicating that it is a REAL ID-compliant credential, or they will need another form of approved identification to board their flight or enter a secure federal facility.


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