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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 28

July 13, 2020

PennDOT ironing out details for southern section of thruway project

PennDOT continues working on engineering design details and is developing a noise impact report for the southern section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project.

PennDOT: All CSVT work still on schedule after COVID stoppage

Despite about two months of its COVID-19 stoppage, PennDOT officials say work on the CSVT project is anticipated to remain on schedule.

Erie drivers might be warming to roundabouts

Not a lot of people completed and returned questionnaires on Pennsylvania Department of Transportation plans to improve Erie’s Bayfront Parkway. But a surprising percentage of those who did support plans for roundabouts at Holland Street and Sassafras Street Extension and even prefer a roundabout at State Street, where PennDOT instead plans to control traffic with a traditional signal at a new intersection raised above the parkway.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 27

July 6, 2020

PennDOT accepting unsolicited P-3 proposals until July 31

The PennDOT Office of Public-Private Partnerships is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through July 31. PennDOT usually holds an unsolicited proposal period in April and October each year. However, due to COVID-19, the April submission period was postponed until July.

PA Revenue Department releases fiscal year 2019-2020 collections

The Motor License Fund received $246.9 million for the month, $6.2 million below estimate. Fiscal year- collections for the fund — which include the commonly known gas and diesel taxes, as well as other license, fine and fee revenues — total $2.7 billion, which is $186.4 million, or 6.5 percent, below estimate.

Could the coronavirus kill the gasoline tax?

A crisis in how to pay for roads and bridges with a gasoline tax had been worsening for decades. With Americans traveling less, the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating it.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 26

June 29, 2020

With people driving less, PennDOT puts brakes on some road and bridge projects

Pennsylvanians are driving less because of the coronavirus pandemic and that’s putting the brakes on some road construction projects.

Speed cameras in Pa: Thousands of violations in 3 months of enforcement

Nearly 30,000 violations have been issued so far to drivers who sped through active work zones, said Jennifer Kuntch, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.

Work set to begin on Northeast Philly stretch of I-95

Drivers who use I-95 through the city should be prepared for more delays. PennDOT is set to begin long-term roadwork on a busy stretch of the highway in Northeast Philadelphia.

National study puts PA among worst states in country for road deaths blamed on speeding drivers

The analysis, by researchers at CoPilot, a car-shopping app, found that in Pennsylvania, 41.9% of total traffic deaths involve speeding. Pennsylvania has the fifth highest percentage of traffic deaths that involve speeding in the U.S.

PennDOT extends exp. dates on driver licenses, ID cards, learner’s permits until July 31

As of June 23, 2020, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, through July 31, have been extended until July 31, 2020.

PennDOT to begin collecting wind speed data on thruway bridge over the Susquehanna

Data collected from the monitors will be analyzed along with that from a wind tunnel study, Matt Beck, the PennDOT plans engineer at Montoursville, said. A consultant will use models in the tunnel study to determine how wind speeds affect certain vehicles, he explained.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 25

June 22, 2020

PennDOT adjusts skills tests to lessen coronavirus exposure; appointments can be made online

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation skills tests have been modified to lessen potential exposure of staff and customers to the coronavirus “while maintaining the integrity of the testing process,” according to PennDOT.

Somerset approves deal with second group to help win Route 219 support

The Somerset County Commissioners have decided to double their lobbying efforts in a bid to gain lawmakers’ support that is needed to complete the last section of Route 219.

$125.4 million upgrades on I-78 and Route 61 started after coronavirus delay

Ronald J. Young Jr., PennDOT spokesman, said Wednesday it is unclear if the two-month delay in construction will have an impact on the overall project, which is expected to be complete in 2025.

Pa. Turnpike officials defend decision to make toll road cashless, lay off nearly 500 workers

A labor union that represents toll booth workers plans to take legal action against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission after it unanimously voted to lay off nearly 500 employees despite a contract that assured employment through January 2022, according to Teamsters International Vice President-East William Hamilton.

Invest in transportation and infrastructure for Pittsburgh region’s post-covid-19 future

As work continues in Washington, D.C., on future phases of the federal response to the pandemic, we are coming together — business and labor — to urge strong support for a robust transportation and infrastructure package.

T&I Republican slams transit’s ask for more funding

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), a House Transportation member, took issue with a labor group leader for saying that transit agencies will need billions of dollars in additional funding to get through the coronavirus crisis.

Transit firms, agencies ramp up D.C. efforts

The transit world, including private contractors, are ramping up their efforts to get help from Washington.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 24

June 15, 2020

End in sight for years-long Route 322 Potters Mills construction project

The construction project that began nearly five years ago will have a new roadway and two new interchanges that will eliminate backups on both routes 144 and 322 and a smoother flow of traffic. The project is expected to be completed sometime this fall.

PennDOT focusing on CSVT river bridge

One month after the resuming work on the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway, construction teams are working on the mile-plus-long bridge that spans the West Branch of the Susquehanna River near Winfield, preparing to complete the concrete deck this year.

Transportation workers continue push for federal COVID-19 safety regulations

House members examined Tuesday how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted transportation workers, including truck drivers, flight attendants and transit operators.

26,000 drivers have received notices for speeding through work zones

Despite the lighter traffic, PennDOT District 11 Assistant Executive for Construction Jason Zang says, “Since March, statewide 26,000 notices have gone out, about 10% of those are repeat offenders.”