PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 40

October 7, 2019

Here are the most crash-prone intersections and interchanges in the Lehigh Valley

Intersections are one of the most common road features drivers encounter behind the wheel, but one with lurking dangers. Of the Lehigh Valley’s 39,304 reported crashes in the past five years, 46.4% of them happened at a point where at least two roads meet.

Funding transportation in Pennsylvania has been a bumpy road

State Sen. John Yudichak on Friday said the last time the Sans Souci Parkway was pothole-free, Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski was singing at San Souci Park dances.

Pennsylvania bill would quicken shifting funds to roads

Sen. Joe Pittman, R-Indiana, has introduced a bill to expedite the timeframe for reducing the revenue diversions. The state’s general fund is being tapped to cover the difference.

Pandering is Pa.’s biggest road hazard

No other state has this fundamental governance problem — the Legislature allows more than $700 million a year supposedly dedicated to highway projects to be used instead to pay more than half of the state police budget. That is because lawmakers will not force hundreds of local governments to pay for their own police protection or pay a fee for state police coverage.

We’re now $4B shy of meeting these transportation needs in the Lehigh Valley

Tasked with suddenly making major cuts to the project list because of funding cuts, Lehigh Valley Transportation Study members presented a final draft on Wednesday with $2,480,130,108 in projects for the next 25 years. Read more


PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 39

October 1, 2019

$2 million study looks at hyperloop – 700 mph transit – that would cross Pennsylvania

Will a hyperloop work in Pennsylvania? That’s the question officials from legislative and executive branches, statewide agencies, organizations and departments, as well as a handful of private business leaders are trying to answer.

Pa.’s roads are the 5th worst in nation, study says

According to a new study, Pennsylvania has the nation’s fifth-worst road infrastructure. That’s what Lending Tree’s QuoteWizard’s latest report, based upon a study of Federal Highway Administration data, says.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 38

September 24, 2019

PA joining suit for tough auto emission standards

Pennsylvania has joined more than 20 other states in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s revocation of California’s right to set tougher auto-emission standards. California has been setting higher vehicle emissions standards since the 1970s.

PennDOT: Northern portion of thruway project 80 percent complete

The northern section of the $865 million Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project is about 80 percent complete, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation assistant plans engineer Matt Beck.

U.S. DOT grants Pa. $8.4 million for testing of automated driving systems  

The U.S. Department of Transportation granted Pennsylvania $8.4 million for automated driving systems research.

PennDOT asks feedback on construction, road maintenance  

PennDOT is accepting construction and maintenance services feedback through an online survey. The public can take the survey through October 22 at



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 37

September 18, 2019

PennDOT: Pa. roundabouts reducing fatalities, injuries

Fatalities, injuries and crashes decreased overall at 19 roundabouts at 16 locations after they were built, according to new data released by PennDOT.

PennDOT accepting applications for Multimodal grants

Eligible applicants include municipalities, council of governments, business/non-profit organizations, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, public airports, airport authorities, and ports and rail entities. Projects that will be considered should coordinate local land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 36

September 9, 2019

Pa. Turnpike installing fiber optic system, to lease extra capacity

The turnpike is moving on its own to install a fiber-optic communication system in the eastern part of the state to meet its internal needs. But the turnpike hasn’t given up on the idea of generating revenue from the system and is designing it with extra space that it will solicit private operators to lease.

The Road Warrior’s first pretend vehicle miles traveled bill arrived. It had a small surprise.

As faithful readers may recall, I volunteered to participate in a study examining a mileage-based user fee. Several states have talked about moving away from a gas tax to this model, which bills drivers for how many miles they travel instead of how much gas they consume.

Rejoice! PennDOT officially raises Route 222 speed limit

The bypass opened in April 2004, and drivers have been grumbling about the speed limit pretty much since then. With its wide lanes, clear sight lines and a shoulder, drivers argued that the 45 mph speed limit was too low.

Paying Pa. Turnpike tolls? There will be an app for that soon

Drivers could soon pay Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls using a smartphone app. The launch of the app is expected later this year

Concrete poured for Central Susquehanna River Thruway bridge’s first deck

The first deck concrete was poured Wednesday, said Ted Deptula, an assistant construction engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.