PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 37

September 17, 2018

Wolf administration expanding small business opportunities through new pilot

The Wolf Administration has announced that the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is aiming to increase opportunities for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) through a new pilot program where SBEs can compete to work as prime consultants on federally-assisted engineering and design agreements on at least six projects.

3-year public transit plan under review in Valley

Chamber President/CEO Bob Garrett announced that PennDOT is giving the Valley three years to build up its ridership to prove there’s a need for service in the counties of Northumberland, Snyder, Union, Montour, Columbia and Lycoming. The project would be funded through 85 percent funding through PennDOT and 15 percent local match.

PennDOT says crane accident at CSVT still under investigation

Ted Deptula, assistant construction engineer for PennDOT District 3-0, at the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Committee meeting on Friday, said the collapse on Aug. 14 didn’t delay completion of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway, but that particular area of construction was slightly delayed.

Bids opened to pave thruway’s northern section as high water slows bridge work

New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. Thursday submitted the unofficial low bid of $52.3 million to pave the northern section, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said. Read more

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 36

September 10, 2018

Country’s oldest bridge at Frankford Ave. reopened after repairs

The oldest bridge in the United States—which beats the actual founding of the country by about 80 years—has been given a new life, thanks to a much-needed reconstruction project.

SEPTA wraps up Yardley Station improvements

The $5 million project made the station compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, SEPTA officials said in a press release.

State recognizes bike route through region

USBR 36 extends 398 miles across Pennsylvania, from Ohio to New York.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 35

September 5, 2018

Most expensive project in PennDOT region history set to begin on I-83

This is the single largest highway construction contract to be awarded in the history of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Engineering District 8, the eight-county region including Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties — $104.7 million awarded June 26 to J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen, Chester County.

State recognizes bike route through region

USBR 36 extends 398 miles across Pennsylvania, from Ohio to New York.

Auditor General finds incompetence in handling of West York Borough liquid fuels money

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said his recent audit of West York Borough’s Liquid Fuels Tax Fund showed sloppy record-keeping led to state allocations being mishandled two consecutive years.

It was America’s first superhighway. Now much of it sits abandoned.

Known at the time as “America’s Super Highway,” the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 1940 as the first limited-access highway in the country. Considered state of the art, it served as a model for the Interstate Highway System and other freeways.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 34

August 28, 2018

PennDOT replaces hundreds of structurally deficient bridges

The wet summer has had an impact on the project with some construction expected to still be taking place next year. Three years after construction began, the bulk of the project will be finished before the end of the year.

Philadelphia’s terminal market major asset to wholesalers

Much of Philadelphia’s produce wholesale business is concentrated in the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, a facility that marked its seventh anniversary in June. As such, the facility is a major sales driver for numerous reasons, vendors and market operators say.

Monday Update: Residents continue fight against Scranton Beltway

South Abington Twp. residents who could be affected by a project intended to ease congestion on Interstate 81 continue to fight the project and seek answers as the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission conducts preliminary studies ahead of construction.

Fatal hit-and-run a reminder of work zone dangers on Erie’s interstates

A PennDOT contracted construction worker — 26-year-old Jacqueline Ohly, of Stevens Point, Wisconsin — was killed on Tuesday shortly before 7:30 a.m. when she was struck by a hit-and-run motorist on the Interstate 90 eastbound lanes near Exit 35 in Harborcreek Township. Read more

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 33

August 20, 2018

Pennsylvania to spend $64 billion in 12-year transport improvement plan 

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will spend nearly $64 billion over the next 12 years to improve its transportation infrastructure, under an updated plan disclosed yesterday by the State Transportation Commission.

Pennsylvania Turnpike toll scofflaws charged with theft in Bucks County

A group of four alleged toll scofflaws racked up $315,000 in unpaid bills to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and now face felony theft charges.

Road work: West York got nearly $1M from state over 10 years, spent $90K

West York has received nearly $1 million in state Liquid Fuels funds over 10 years but has spent only about $90,000 of that money, according to PennDOT.

Wolf, PennDOT give update on road-fixing blitz

PennDOT is moving ahead with accelerated repaving contracts after applying more than 109,000 tons of patching material and improving more than 1,000 miles of roadway through July to deal with the widespread outbreak of potholes after a long and destructive winter season.

Woman racked up nearly $5,000 in unpaid tolls: Police

A Cumberland County woman is facing charges after police say she racked up a hefty bill in unpaid tolls for the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Public meeting set on vehicle fee

The Clinton County commissioners will hold a public meeting on the potential $5 vehicle registration fee, the latest in a series of actions on the highly controversial proposal.

 

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