PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 21

May 22, 2023

10K bridges should be checked for corrosion in wake of collapse

Investigators looking into the collapse of a Pittsburgh bridge want transportation officials nationwide to examine more than 10,000 other bridges with similar construction to ensure they don’t have the same kind of corrosion that was found on the bridge that collapsed.

PennDOT announces Cargo Growth Incentive Program fund extension

The Pennsylvania Intermodal Cargo Growth Incentive Program, which looks to increase containerized cargo activity by incentivizing shippers to move cargo through Pennsylvania ports, is being extended to July 2024. PennDOT announced the extension of the program, which was scheduled to end in June 2023.

Buttigieg says Transportation Dept. is working to avoid summer travel disruptions

Just ahead of what airlines say could be the busiest Memorial Day weekend for travel since before COVID-19, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is sharing how his department is prepping for the potentially record-breaking season.

Report shows benefits of Coatesville Train Station project

Findings from an Amtrak report on the $65 million reconstruction of Coatesville’s 155-year-old train station demonstrate a ripple effect for growth that’s spurring investment totaling more than $135 million in 40 projects.

PennDOT releases Critical Infrastructure Plan

PennDOT has released the 2045 Freight Movement Plan, a comprehensive strategic plan for moving goods throughout the state. The plan provides information on Pennsylvania’s freight infrastructure and PennDOT’s efforts to continually improve the safe and efficient movement of freight statewide.

Lawmakers address rising pedestrian deaths

In response to the alarming increase in pedestrian fatalities, lawmakers propose higher fines for drivers who pose a risk to pedestrians. Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Lansdale, advocates for quadrupling the current $50 fine to $200 for drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way, particularly in school zones.


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