PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 46

November 20, 2023

PennDOT Secretary Carroll: Distracted driving issue ‘deserves our full attention’

Senate Bill 37 — known as Paul Miller’s Law — would enhance driver responsibility by prohibiting the use of hand-held cell phones or other communication devices while operating a motor vehicle on a Pennsylvania highway or trafficway. Drivers could still utilize a wireless communication device with Bluetooth or speakerphone.

Regional road projects, sadly, still on hold

Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Mike Carroll said during a visit to PennDOT District 9 headquarters in Hollidaysburg on Nov. 3 that the change regarding state police funding would allow more attention to maintaining secondary roads and upgrading PennDOT’s fleet.

New legislation could speed up road projects in Pa.

H.B. 1833 would allow the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Turnpike Commission to use Design Build Best Value as an alternative procurement process for infrastructure design and construction.

Travel expected to be among busiest ever for Thanksgiving

“AAA is expecting that we will see 55.4 million Americans traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” Jana Tidwell, manager of public and government affairs for Pennsylvania & Delaware for AAA Mid-Atlantic, said. “That is an increase of 2.3% over last year.”

Construction begins on Pa.’s first federally funded EV charging station

The new charging station is being installed at the Pilot Travel Center at 417 Route 315 in Pittston, as part of a collaboration with General Motors. The construction cost of $610,393 is supported by NEVI funds. Once completed, the station will have four charging ports, each capable of providing up to 350 kW of power. In addition to charging services, customers will have 24/7 access to restrooms, Wi-Fi, food, beverages and other convenience items.

Pa. state partners encourage safe driving this travel season

Nov. 13 is the start of Operation Safe Holiday, a statewide initiative to help keep Pennsylvanians safe on the road as they travel for the holidays, beginning with the Thanksgiving Enforcement Mobilization, running through Nov. 26.


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