PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 30

July 27, 2020

Reading Area Transportation Study group approves $274.8 million four-year transportation plan

The Reading Area Transportation Study group unanimously approved a $274.8 million four-year transportation improvement plan, but there is much uncertainty about how the coronavirus pandemic will affect it.

PennDOT extends expiration dates for Pennsylvania driver’s licenses, ID cards and learner’s permits

Expiration dates for Pennsylvania driver licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits are being extended again, this time until Aug. 31, PennDOT said Friday.

With e-bikes becoming more popular, Pa. lawmakers want to regulate where you can ride them

A bill being considered by Pennsylvania’s House Transportation Committee seeks to update the state’s vehicle code to regulate these so-called e-bikes and determine where they can operate.

Pa. Turnpike raising tolls again in 2021; those without E-ZPass will pay much more

Those driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike should expect to pay more next year, and those without E-ZPass could see a significant increase in their tolls.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 29

July 21, 2020

Pa., 14 other states set goals to jump-start transition to electric trucks

A coalition of states is following California’s lead in setting goals to jump-start a transition to electric-powered trucks, vans and buses in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality for communities choked by diesel fumes.

Governor Wolf announces investments in 27 multimodal projects

Governor Tom Wolf announced that 27 highway, bridge, transit, and bike and pedestrian projects in 23 counties were selected for $30.2 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

$451M Lehigh Valley transportation plan heads to PennDOT, the feds

Local officials have signed off on a $451 million transportation plan for Lehigh Valley roads and bridges over the next four years, without the Route 22 widening project as planned.

House OKs bill to honor Geist

Legislation to honor former state Rep. Richard A. Geist was approved by the House, said state Rep. Lou Schmitt, R-Blair, the author of the bill. “Rick” Geist was an Altoona native and a former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 79th District who was first elected in 1978. He represented Altoona in the state House of Representatives from 1979 to 2012.

Unity museum program will provide trip through Pa. highway history

The evolution of Pennsylvania’s road system will be discussed by Jeff Kitsko July 27 at the Lincoln Highway Experience transportation museum in Unity.

Long-delayed Lehigh Valley bridge projects nearing completion

Two Lehigh Valley bridges — the final projects in a statewide bridge replacement project — should finally be completed in early August after years of delays.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

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.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

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.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

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.