PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 6

February 6, 2023

PennDOT warns of letter over State College Area Connector

Pennsylvania’s transportation agency wagged its finger at one of the state’s top eminent domain attorneys, describing his letter to some property owners in the potential path of a major Centre County highway construction project as “intentionally misleading.”

Pa. highway survey announced by PennDOT

PennDOT has announced it is seeking the public’s input on traffic safety and driving practices through its online survey. The survey is on PennDOT’s website and is open through Feb. 28. All responses are anonymous and the survey should take around five minutes to complete.

Biden announces funding for major transportation projects

Continuing the progress implementing the Biden-Harris administration’s economic agenda, President Biden visited New York to announce funding for a critical early phase of the Hudson Tunnel project and Mega grants for other major infrastructure projects across the country.

CSVT removing traffic on Routes 15, 405

So far, CSVT is doing one of its jobs… A preliminary traffic study by PennDOT released Monday shows steady traffic reductions on Route 15 through Lewisburg and Route 405 into Northumberland.

Revenue Department releases January collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $222.2 million for the month, $2.1 million below estimate. Fiscal year-to-date collections for the fund – which include the commonly known gas and diesel taxes, as well as other license, fine and fee revenues – total $1.6 billion, which is $22.8 million, or 1.4 percent, above estimate.

USDOT announces $800 million in roadway safety projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced it will send more than $800 million to various cities and municipalities across the country to improve roadway safety. The announcement comes after new numbers show the traffic deaths in our country are still near record highs.

Construction of the “Twin Bridges” is underway

The I-84 Twin Bridges project near Dunmore, is PennDOT’s largest undertaking right now. This project includes the replacement of two mainline bridges, and the reconfiguration of one left-hand exit to make it more conventional with a right-hand exit.

Pgh. closes Oakland bridge to car traffic after failing safety analysis

The Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge in Oakland is being closed to vehicle traffic effective immediately. Walkers and bikers will not be affected. The City of Pittsburgh says a new analysis of the bridge makes it unsafe for traffic until repairs can be made. The project will take at least four months and cost $1 to $2 million.


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