PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 6

February 4, 2019

Archer & Greiner appoints former PA legislator John Taylor as director of public affairs practice

Archer & Greiner is pleased to announce John J. Taylor has been appointed as director of the Pennsylvania practice of Archer Public Affairs, a governmental and external relations affiliate of Archer.

Gov. Wolf names projects to receive Multimodal Transportation Fund grants

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that 50 highway, bridge, transit, aviation, and bike and pedestrian projects in 23 counties were selected for $44.5 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Trump executive order promotes domestic construction materials

President Donald Trump Jan. 31 signed an executive order promoting – and potentially requiring – expanded use of American-made materials (including steel, iron and cement) on federally-financed infrastructure projects.

Road crews will go from plowing snow to patching potholes

“We’re going to see more potholes popping up during this freeze-thaw cycle,” says PennDOT’s Assistant District 11 Executive Angelo Pampena.

Capital investments, infrastructure high on priority list for Pennsylvania municipalities

Capital infrastructure maintenance and improvement is the No. 1 priority for more than 21 percent of Pennsylvania municipal governments, according to the Municipal Management Priorities Survey prepared for the Chrostwaite Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on research and government efficiency.

Wolf wants PA severance tax to pay for massive infrastructure rebuild

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday outlined a $4.5 billion plan to restore the state’s infrastructure, with revenue to come from a proposed natural gas severance tax.

How will driverless cars really change cities? Who knows

It’s normal to have long and passionate debates about the future that technological breakthroughs will bring us. Sometimes the boldest predictions turn out to be right. Other times they miss the mark by quite a bit.

Final contract awarded for $306 million section of Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway

New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. has gotten the $52.3 million contract to do drainage, paving, sign, lighting and traffic signal work, PennDOT reports. Work will begin when the weather breaks.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 4

January 23, 2019

Pa. Turnpike considers public-private partnership to upgrade five tunnels

Over the next six weeks, the Pennsylvania Turnpike will try to decide whether to rehabilitate its five sets of tunnels one at a time over 10 to 15 years or enter into a public-private partnership with one firm that would do all of the work in five to six years and be responsible for maintenance for about 30 years.

Will there ever be high-speed rail service between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia?

If you’ve ever taken a train from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, or vice versa, there are plenty of adjectives you might use to describe the experience. High-speed probably isn’t one of them.

Coming soon to Pa. roads: Autonomous trains of semi trucks

State lawmakers have yet to agree on legislation governing the testing of self-driving vehicles but passed a bill in October that will allow for platooning of up to three automated buses, military vehicles or tractor-trailers on some highways and interstates starting this spring.

PennDOT secretary named to Transportation Research Board committee

Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards was recently named vice chairwoman of the 2019 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee, the senior policy body of TRB.

Why this is the year to begin addressing the infrastructure deficit

With signs pointing to a weakening economy, we need to get ready now, and we need to do it right.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 3

January 14, 2019

Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project clears major hurdle

A decision by the Federal Highway Administration announced Friday allows the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to begin final design on a two-mile stretch of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway in Snyder County.

Traffic deaths on Roosevelt Blvd spiked in 2018. A safety fix may not be in place until the fall.

Roosevelt Boulevard had one of its deadliest years in recent history in 2018.

Bradford County landslide clearing underway

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is working with a contractor to jump-start work to clear a landslide that has closed a portion of Route 414 in Bradford County since early December.

The Keystone State may have found the key to the next wave of transportation electrification

Pennsylvania’s combination of guiding principles, legislation and collaboration among a broad array of stakeholders may show how to move the EV market into its next phase of development.

Widening I-81 in Pennsylvania: Plan shows worth, but dollars needed

Even if the $2.9 billion the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation now estimates it will take to expand about 82 miles of the highway appeared tomorrow, it would be at least 2030 until work begins, said Mike Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.

Is chaos ahead for transportation funding in Pa.?

A nasty storm could be brewing for Pennsylvania’s transportation funding regimen, says a scholar at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy. Read more

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 2

January 7, 2019

Hennessey named chairman of transportation committee

As the 2019-20 session of the House of Representatives begins, Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester/Montgomery) Monday was officially appointed majority chairman of the House Transportation Committee by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).

SEPTA facing $63 million capital budget shortfall over motorists’ lawsuit

SEPTA is bracing for a possible $63 million shortfall in its capital budget in 2019, pending the outcome of a contentious lawsuit filed in federal court by two motorists’ groups.

Special report: How autonomous vehicles could constrain city budgets

Governing surveyed the 25 largest U.S cities for revenues that could potentially be hindered by the proliferation of autonomous vehicles.

PennDOT says heavier rain is behind the crumbling of some roads in Westmoreland County

PennDOT’s District 12, which spans Westmoreland, Washington, Fayette and Greene Counties, is monitoring the condition and impact of 250 landslides in its jurisdiction. The effects of ground being saturated with water from rain and snow over the past year are having an impact on the crumbling and collapsing conditions of some roads, including two that made news in the past week.

Road Warrior: Why a decade old law is making Turnpike tolls go up every year

For most of its lifespan, the turnpike was funded by its own tolls under a “you use it, you pay for it” model. But in 2007, the state faced a mounting wave of costly infrastructure needs. Rather than raise taxes, state legislators decided the turnpike would fund it.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 1

January 2, 2019

New I-83 interchange coming to York County in 2019, plus other projects

Work on a new, $25.5 million to $30 million interchange at the Shrewsbury exit of Interstate 83 starts in the new year, according to PennDOT.

PennDOT seeks feedback to improve roads, operations

People in northwestern Pennsylvania are being asked to fill out an online survey to rate areas like road smoothness, traffic flow, construction, and safety. Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are invited to give their opinions.

PennDOT puts finishing touches on 2018 construction season in north central PA

The district, covering Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union counties, opened bids for 52 contracts totaling nearly $124.6 million in value.

Long-delayed REAL ID licenses coming to PA

After more than 13 years of delay, Pennsylvania will begin complying with the federal REAL ID Act in March.