PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 49

December 9, 2019

Pa. leaders honor former Sen. Doyle Corman

Former Gov. Tom Ridge recalled Doyle Corman’s leadership after becoming governor in the 1990s. “Doyle was an important voice in the state Senate for many years and was a wonderful partner to our administration in the mid-90′s when we first came to Harrisburg,” Ridge said in a statement. “He showed particular leadership in helping to advance critical transportation legislation that is a hallmark of his distinguished legislative career.”

Editorial: Transportation woes and future of Pennsylvania

The litany of complaints as detailed in a legislative task force report, “Build to Lead” described the commonwealth’s transportation crisis of “crumbling roads, failing bridges, aging rail cars and buses along with hours of time wasted on congested highways and inner-city gridlock.”

Lehigh, Northampton counties receive $400M for road projects

PennDOT recently awarded Lehigh and Northampton counties nearly $400 million in Interstate transportation funding for Lehigh Valley projects in the 2021 Twelve Year Interstate Program.

Pa. Turnpike tolls increase in 2020 — here’s how much they’re going up

Starting on Jan. 5, Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls are going up for the 12th consecutive year, making it more costly than ever to cross the state. Under the new fares, it will cost $53.50 to travel from Neshaminy Falls — the easternmost start of the mainline — to Warrendale — the final toll plaza in the west.

Radar bill controversy turns on dispute over freezing out PT cops

The 50-year fight over whether to arm local police with radar for speed enforcement has taken another turn. The House is poised to pass legislation to allow radar use in many local police departments, but its proposal would bar part-time police departments and part-time officers from using the equipment.

PennDOT’s I-81 project will start in 3-5 years and could cost $150-250 million

PennDOT on Wednesday approved a plan for Interstate 81 in both directions. It’ll add a third lane on a 4.5 mile stretch in Wilkes-Barre, between exits 164 and 168, while replacing eight bridges and realigning 2.5 miles of I-81 southbound.

Public input wanted to help guide I-81 improvements, website launched

The site is www.I81SouthCentralPA.com, which is part of the I-81 Improvement Strategy. Information collected will be used toward setting priorities and funding future projects.

A looming cliff: It’s time to fund our roads right

With the state’s coffers flush enough to boost its savings account, it’s time to give turnpike drivers a break from the big toll increases of the past 12 years; another 6% boost is coming in January. State police shouldn’t be relying on a source of money meant for road repairs. And Pennsylvanians, who’ve been paying the nation’s highest gasoline tax since 2014, deserve to see those funds spent as promised.

Route 22 widening in Lehigh Valley cut

PennDOT plans to make $409 million of improvements to Interstate 78 in the years ahead, but at the cost of significantly delaying several major transportation projects in the Lehigh Valley.

 

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