PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 18

May 5, 2020

Construction projects across Pennsylvania get ready to roll

After sitting idle for approximately six weeks, nonessential construction sites across Pennsylvania are gearing up to resume work on May 1. In doing so, project teams must adhere to new COVID-19 safety regulations released by Gov. Tom Wolf (D) on April 24. Wolf became one of the first governors in the country to shut down all but essential projects on March 19.

PennDOT to resume safety project near I-80 Bellefonte Interchange

While it will likely be at least five years before the new I-80/I-99 high-speed interchange is completed, PennDOT is continuing work to enhance safety near the I-80 Bellefonte exit.

Potters Mills work continues in May

Work will continue off the roadway, and drivers should be alert and drive cautiously, as numerous construction vehicles will enter and exit U.S. 322 through the Potters Mills area. Flaggers in the roadway may be aiding construction vehicle movement. Motorists are not permitted to follow construction equipment into the work area.

Southern Beltway project to resume in Mt. Pleasant Township

Construction on the Southern Beltway will continue beginning Tuesday with traffic restrictions being set into place in Mt. Pleasant Township, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

CSVT work to continue next week

Work will begin Monday and will include excavation and embankment operations, planting trees and shrubs, and building temporary access roads to facilitate the paving operations. Work on the CSVT River Bridge will begin a week later, on May 11. The contractor will continue preparatory work for the construction of the bridge deck.

Pa. turnpike traffic reduction could cost SEPTA $178M

SEPTA is hemorrhaging money and riders thanks to the coronavirus pandemic — and now, it also faces an imminent shortfall in state transit funding that could delay critical infrastructure projects like station renovations or new vehicle purchases.

Pa. banned license plates: The 2,000+ phrases PennDOT won’t allow you to use

Over the years, PennDOT has compiled a list of messages it will not allow on license plates, whether by some random assembly or by a mischievous driver willing to pay for a vanity plate. The list has a mind-boggling 2,330 entries.

PA Turnpike sees 46% traffic reduction during pandemic

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is seeing a revenue loss when it comes to tolls across the state. “We’ve seen a 35% decrease in revenue and a 46% decrease in traffic volumes,” Turnpike Commission spokesperson Carl DeFebo said.

Gas tax revenue drying up

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, the demand for gasoline has dropped as much as 50%, inventories have risen to a record high and the price of gas continues to plunge at the pump.


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