PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 15

April 14, 2020

Traffic drop from stay-at-home orders could imperil road projects

While that makes it easier to patch potholes, it also could spell trouble for road and bridge projects. The longer motorists remain off the roads, the harder it will be for states to afford repairs in the months and years ahead.

Transportation Secretary Chao announces $25 billion to help public transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced a total of $25 billion in federal funding allocations to help the nation’s public transportation systems respond to the coronavirus.

AASHTO asks congress for $50B fiscal backstop for state DOTs

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sent a letter to congressional leadership on April 6 requesting the immediate emergency injection of $49.95 billion to offset an estimated 30% loss in state transportation revenues over the next 18 months.

Construction companies in Pennsylvania cautiously return to work

As critical highway and bridge projects across the state resume, Navarro & Wright Consulting Engineering Inc. is one of the companies that received a green light to start.

State Police: 76 percent decline in traffic volume on turnpike

It’s no secret there are fewer cars on the road with many of you staying home– and State Police say they have the data to support the decline.

PennDOT reopens additional roadside rest areas

PennDOT is reopening indoor facilities at five additional rest areas statewide. Rest areas were temporarily closed statewide on March 17 in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19 to ensure that proper safety and sanitation protocols were in place. Twenty-eight select rest areas across Pennsylvania have since reopened.

 

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