PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 19

May 7, 2024

State reps. want to study local fee for State Police services

State Reps. Tim Brennan, D-Doylestown, and Michael Sturla, D-Lancaster, are circulating a co-sponsorship memorandum for legislation that will study a fee on municipalities that don’t have their own police force.

Md. officials release timeline, cost estimate for rebuilding bridge

The state plans to build a new span by fall of 2028, said David Broughton, a spokesperson for the Maryland Department of Transportation. He said the cost estimate is preliminary, and detailed engineering specifics have not been confirmed.

Revenue Department releases April collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $270.0 million for the month, $22.4 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 $2.5 billion, which is $8.1 million, or 0.3 percent, above estimate.

Pa. delegation’s plea for federal aid in infrastructure overhaul

A united front of 18 members from Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, led by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), drafted a letter on Tuesday to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The group urged critical federal funding to replace the Interstate 83 John Harris Memorial Bridge, or the I-83 South Bridge.

Meet Mason Jones, “The Guardrail Kid,” helping PennDOT scout dangerous guardrails

Mason Jones is known as “The Guardrail Kid” on TikTok to his 19,000 followers but he’s also known to road safety advocates, guardrail industry heads, and managers with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

PA Turnpike emphasizes year-round safety as Distracted Driving Month ends

Even though April 30 marks the end of National Distracted Driving Month, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission wants to remind drivers that safe driving is a year-round event.

Pa.’s Aurora Innovation to debut self-driving trucks onto U.S. roadways

On a three-lane test track along the Monongahela River, an 18-wheel tractor-trailer rounded a curve. No one was on board. A quarter-mile ahead, the truck’s sensors spotted a trash can blocking one lane and a tire in another. In less than a second, it signaled, moved into the unobstructed lane and rumbled past the obstacles.


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