PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 5

January 31, 2022

Will state-by-state regulation of self-driving vehicles work?

A future where motorists share streets and highways with driverless cars may still be years away, but transportation experts are saying now’s the time for elected leaders to plan for that scenario.

Collapsed Pittsburgh bridge is one of the 44,000 poorly maintained bridges in the U.S.

According to the city’s fire chief, an inspection of the collapsed bridge took place in September of last year. Billions have already been set aside for bridge, road, and mass transportation improvements as part of President Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure spending program.

Gov. Wolf reaffirms infrastructure investment following visit to bridge collapse

Gov. Tom Wolf today re-emphasized the critical need to invest in our infrastructure as the investigation into the collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh continues.

How PennDOT deals with bridges in poor condition

A two-lane bridge in Pittsburgh that collapsed Friday morning is one of thousands in Pennsylvania considered in poor condition. What does the state do if a bridge is deemed poor?

What Pittsburgh collapse can tell us about Pa. bridges

The collapse of the city-owned Fern Hollow Bridge on Friday has raised concerns about the state of Pennsylvania’s thousands of bridges, nearly 20% percent of which were in poor condition as of a 2018 review by the Pittsburgh section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Gov. Wolf announces $17 million to support Appalachian Development Highway System

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Pennsylvania has been awarded $17,084,430 in federal Appalachian Development Highway System funding as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Collapsed Pittsburgh bridge is one of 44,000 in poor condition in U.S.

The half-century-old bridge that collapsed in Pittsburgh on Friday ahead of President Joe Biden’s visit highlighted the perilous state of much of the United States’ transportation infrastructure, which is due to get a trillion-dollar infusion over the coming years.

Buttigieg points to Pgh. bridge collapse as ‘urgent’ reminder of infrastructure needs

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Friday the collapse of a bridge in Pittsburgh illustrated the necessity of federal investment in the nation’s infrastructure, including more than 1,000 bridges in poor condition in Kansas and twice that total in Missouri.

10 hurt after bridge over Pittsburgh’s Frick Park collapses

Ten people were injured Friday morning when the bridge that carries Forbes Avenue over Frick Park collapsed in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood.

Langerholc autonomous vehicle bill clears Transportation Committee

The Pennsylvania Senate’s transportation committee is advancing a bill by state Sen. Wayne Langerholc, R-Richland, that would give a green light to enable research institutions and many companies to test and deploy Highly Automated Vehicles.

PennDOT focusing infrastructure funds on Route 219, Susquehanna Valley Thruway

With $87 million in new Appalachian Development Highway System dollars flowing into Pennsylvania over the next five years, state transportation officials plan to focus it on finishing three corridors – U.S. Route 219 in Somerset County, an Interstate 99 connection and the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway.


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