PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 45

November 13, 2023

Spike in traffic fatalities puzzles lawmakers

People are driving fewer miles than they were in 2019, but more are dying on roadways. Traffic deaths spiked 18% from 2019 to 2022 — though miles traveled fell 3%, according to a Stateline analysis of federal records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

PennDOT opens Chamber of Commerce Beltway a year ahead of schedule

The project was originally proposed in 2007 by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and created a 1.1-mile long, four-lane extension of Route 424, also known as the “Hazleton Beltway,” from the Interstate 81/Exit 141 Interchange to Humboldt Industrial Park.

It’s not the end of road for section of abandoned PA Turnpike

An 8.5-mile abandoned section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike — with two tunnels that have for decades attracted a cult following for its post-apocalyptic feel and vast graffiti canvas — will be converted to a public bicycling and hiking trail.


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