PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 38

September 24, 2018

PennDOT debuts flashing yellow arrow signal

The Pennsylvania Depart­ment of Transportation has announced it will activate a new type of left turn signal that has been proven to improve left-turn safety at intersections.

Businesses, homeowners preparing to make way for Mon-Fayette Expressway

Some local businesses and homeowners are preparing for a major shift in the Duquesne-West Mifflin area, moving out in the near future.

New Pa. stretch completes I-95 after 62 years

Sometime this weekend in Bucks County, new road signs will be unveiled, barricades will be removed, and for the first time cars will drive on an I-95 that runs contiguously from Maine to Florida.

After 2 years, a fire and traffic headaches, work on the Liberty Bridge is done

Drivers will no longer have to endure traffic headaches associated with the Liberty Bridge rehabilitation project, now that the 2-and-a-half-year-long project has wrapped up.



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 – 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 – 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 – 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