PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 11

March 14, 2022

Update: State police say more than 70 vehicles involved in Cumberland County crash

Police are trying to learn more about what caused a 70-vehicle pileup on Route 581 in Cumberland County over the weekend. The huge crash happened in Lower Allen Township on Saturday afternoon. It shut down Route 581 in both directions for about three hours.

State Rep. Hennessey announces run for 16th term in 26th House Dist.

State Rep. Tim Hennessey, R-26th Dist., House Transportation Committee chair, has announced his intention to seek reelection to a 16th term in Harrisburg.

More Pittsburgh officials urge PennDOT to slow down on Fern Hollow Bridge replacement

Some officials continue to voice concerns with the proposed design for Pittsburgh’s new Fern Hollow Bridge.

Gov. Wolf supportive of proposed federal gas tax suspension, hesitant on state tax holiday

To blunt the pain at the pump, state lawmakers are proposing temporary state and federal gas tax holidays. Officials disagree, however, on where taxes should be cut and how to make up for lost revenue.

Pa. lawmakers float state gas tax holiday as prices jump

Pennsylvania legislators declared interest in lifting the state’s gas tax, the third-highest in the country, as Congress considers the same move at a national level.

PennDOT selects team for major bridge P3 initiative

PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian announced today that Bridging Pennsylvania Partners was selected to administer the major bridge public-private partnership initiative to repair or replace up to nine bridges across the state. The department and BPP will now enter into a pre-development agreement to finalize the design and packaging of the bridges to be built, financed, and maintained.

Want to save at the pump? Public transportation may be the best option

Currently, the average price for gas across the state is $4.39/gallon, and for an average 12-gallon car, that’s an estimated $52 charge every time you stop at the pump. For some, that number is proving too costly.


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