PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 46

November 22, 2021

PA highways rank at bottom of list in nationwide study

A new study ranks the keystone state’s roads near the bottom compared to the rest of the country. Overall Pennsylvania ranked 39th in road conditions and cost effectiveness.

Officials explain how infrastructure law will benefit African Americans

Whether it is expanding child care, making sure that children have access to clean water or investing in broadband and public transportation, most everything in the $1 trillion infrastructure law will benefit African-American communities, according to some federal lawmakers.

Johnstown’s $24M transportation grant is state’s biggest winner

The city of Johnstown was one of just three Pennsylvania communities to receive an influx of U.S. Department of Transportation funds this week to revitalize and connect commuter corridors. In total dollars, the city was the state’s biggest winner, receiving about $24.5 million received this week to develop the two-mile-long Iron to Arts Corridor.

Pa. can build a clean electric vehicle future

To protect our economy and lives from devastating climate change, the future of transportation on our roads must be based on electric power. Twenty-nine percent of greenhouse gases nationwide are generated by transportation—the largest percentage of any sector of the economy.

State plans to finish U.S. 219 in Somerset County by 2031

With billions of new dollars bound for Pennsylvania highway projects and preliminary studies ongoing for the last four-lane segment of U.S. Route 219 in Somerset County, PennDOT plans to open the road to traffic by mid-2031, the Somerset County commissioners announced Thursday.

House votes to void PennDOT’s bridge-tolling plan

Legislation that has the potential to hit the brakes on Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s plan to toll as many as nine major interstate bridges, including the I-83/South Bridge in Harrisburg, won approval by the state House of Representatives on Tuesday.

CSVT eligible for federal infrastructure funding

The Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project is eligible for funding as part of the Appalachian Development Highway System, which is set to receive $1.25 billion over five years from the federal infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden on Monday.

Pa. Republicans file suit against PennDOT bridge tolling plan

Republicans have now filed suit in Commonwealth Court. The suit alleges PennDOT did not undergo a fair review process before announcing the plan for Pennsylvania bridges.


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