PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 30

July 27, 2021

Construction of Penn’s Landing Park postponed by two years

The much-anticipated Penn’s Landing Park that will cap Interstate 95 at the Delaware River Waterfront is going to arrive a bit later than originally expected.

Congressman Reschenthaler wants to cut PennDOT’s federal funding

A local congressman says if PennDOT goes ahead with tolling certain bridges on the interstate highways, the federal government should withhold federal funding for that interstate. Other officials think that goes too far.

Bill advances to ban cell phone use by drivers

A bill allowing local police to pull over any driver holding a cell phone to crack down on distracted driving has raised concerns about racial profiling. Although texting while driving is prohibited in Pennsylvania, drivers can still hold their cell phones and talk.

Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project on schedule

The northern section, which includes a 4,545-foot-long bridge across the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, is expected to be open in the fall of 2022, according to a report Monday by two PennDOT officials.

Port Authority of Allegheny County releases NEXTransit plan

The agency’s long-term plan includes 18 projects that have stated that it will improve transportation in the region.

 

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2021 Road and Bridge Safety Award Program Open for PA’s Counties

July 27, 2021

Each year the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) team with various state organizations to recognize the best road safety or bridge improvement projects undertaken across the state.  For the 38th straight year, the program is now open for Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.  Eligible projects are those in which most or all of the safety improvements were completed in 2020 or 2021.  The competition recognizes not only major, high-cost projects, but any improvements that have increased public safety.

Go here for complete information including the entry brochure. The deadline is October 1, 2021.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 29

July 19, 2021

PennDOT releases crash data from 2020

PennDOT has released crash data and statistics from crashes in Pennsylvania in 2020, where over 100,000 crashes were reported.

Commission considers gasoline tax alternatives

A commission appointed by Governor Wolf is looking at alternative ways to fund road and bridge repairs in the Commonwealth. But those alternatives could end up costing taxpayers a lot more.

PennDOT releases transportation equity report

PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian announced the release of the department’s first Dismantling Systemic Racism and Inequities report, which evaluates PennDOT’s diversity and inclusion efforts, better understanding structural racism in transportation, and evaluating programs and initiatives that could help support equitable transportation in Pennsylvania.

SEPTA, other Pa. transit agencies seek new funding methods

SEPTA and other Pennsylvania transit agencies are asking state legislators to create new funding streams to address money from the state turnpike system that is coming to an end, and to take other measures to address transit needs.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 28

July 12, 2021

State considers package fee to help fund transportation

When Gov. Tom Wolf set up a commission in March to review how transportation should be funded in Pennsylvania, he encouraged members to think outside the box. Instead, they’re thinking about the box itself.

Police patrolling for aggressive drivers through Aug. 22

During the enforcement effort, officers will be on the lookout for red light running, tailgating, pedestrian safety, heavy truck violations, driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, or other aggressive driving behaviors.

PennDOT to disperse more than $15M in grant funds

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that 50 municipalities will receive more than $15.6 million to support traffic signal upgrades, increasing mobility and efficiency across Pennsylvania’s communities through PennDOT’s “Green Light-Go” program.

Pa. Turnpike tolls to jump by 5% next year

Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will rise another 5% in January, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission decided Tuesday. The agency board voted to impose the higher rates as of Jan. 2.