PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 31

July 31, 2023

PennDOT reopens key state roads in Bucks, Northampton counties

Less than two weeks after roads were closed due to devastating flooding, PennDOT has reopened all state roads in Northampton County and Route 532, a key state road in Bucks County, weeks ahead of schedule.

‘Operation Orange Squeeze’ to crackdown on unsafe Pa. drivers

Pennsylvania State Police troopers traded in their police cruisers Tuesday for construction vehicles as a way to crack down on unsafe behaviors like speeding and distracted driving across the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The work zone safety initiative is called “Operation Orange Squeeze” and it is an effort started by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Pennsylvania State Police nearly a decade ago.

PennDOT earmarks $50K for work zone safety course for teens

A new program in Pennsylvania will better educate young drivers about work zone safety, PennDOT said this week.

A Q&A with Mark Compton, Pa. Turnpike Commission CEO

Mark Compton, who has led the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for the last decade, recently sat down with City & State to discuss the evolution of the highway, the commission’s funding challenges and how the agency is working to track down unpaid tolls.

How transportation and transit projects are picking up speed

Whether you’ve been bounced along cratered roads and highways, waited too long for a bus to get you to your destination or nervously navigated a dilapidated bridge, the same question has run through your mind: When is this ride going to get better?

Langerholc talks all things transportation

As chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee, state Sen. Wayne Langerholc is at the forefront of many of the conversations happening in the transportation space. He recently spoke with City & State about bridge repairs across the state, transportation funding, new ways to use drones and how to reduce crime on public transit.

U.S. Transportation Secretary, Pa. governor celebrate LVIA’s $35 million expansion

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and other political VIPs descended on Lehigh Valley International Airport Friday to celebrate a new $35 million connector bridge that will streamline how passengers board and depart flights from the region’s largest airport.

Study: EVs in fleets could save governments millions

A new report from PennEnvironment shows local and state governments in Pennsylvania could save up to $360 million over the next 10 years by switching retiring fleet vehicles to electric models.

Are we really on our way to smooth roads?

Our former state Rep. Mike Carroll, now PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll, tells us that in just six months, 74 bridge projects have been completed — including the quick repair to I-95 in Philadelphia — and 1,200 miles of roadway were improved.

Toll cheats cost New Jersey $117M last year

Toll cheats cost New Jersey more than $117 million last year, a chronic problem that officials say has become even worse since the pandemic.



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