PennDOT lets $312 million in projects during March

April 6, 2018

PennDOT continued its 2018 construction letting season by issuing just over $311.8 million in projects in March, bringing the year-to-date total to almost $474 million according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).  PennDOT finished 2017 with just over $2.578 billion in project lettings.  PennDOT forecasted the 2017 letting program to be $2.4 billion and they anticipate the same for 2018.

As in year’s past, PHIA will continue to track contract lettings on a monthly basis.

To view the full March letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

March Letting Report* (PDF)

*The report lists the total contracts awarded at each letting date, a comparison to the same period in the previous calendar year, and letting adjustments made since the previous month. PHIA staff will track PennDOT lettings throughout the year and provide monthly update.



Recent projects illustrate importance of Act 89

March 29, 2018

Recent announcements of plans to improve our transportation system reinforce the importance Act of 89. Created in 2013, Act 89 provides additional funding for improvements to all modes of transportation. Recent projects include:

  • Gov. Tom Wolf announced that $489 million will be disbursed to municipalities throughout Pennsylvania, $22.8 million more than last year, to help maintain roads and bridges. These funds were made possible through Act 89’s increased liquid fuel tax allocations.
  • The final stage of the $107 million four-lane extension of US 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills is underway. The project will yield improve safety and traffic flow.
  • Together, the Rail Transportation Assistance and Rail Freight Assistance programs will fund 31 projects spanning the next five years. The State Transportation Commission approved $36 million in grants that will rebuild tracks and retain nearly 40,000 jobs.
  • Luzerne County plans to fund local road and bridge repairs with a new $5 vehicle registration fee. PennDOT would match revenue raised by the registration.

All of these projects are made possible by Act 89.

“The existence of well-funded projects like these is proof that Act 89 is having a positive effect on Pennsylvania’s transportation system and those who use it,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “And as we also point out, it boosts the economy by creating and retaining a large number of jobs.”


News, PHIA Programs & Awards

2018 Road and Bridge Safety Award Program Now Open to Boroughs

March 23, 2018

Each year the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) team with various state organizations to recognize the best road safety or bridge improvement projects undertaken across the state.  For the 36th straight year, the program is now open for Pennsylvania’s boroughs.  PA’s counties also will have an award program that will open in a few weeks.  Eligible projects are those in which most or all of the safety improvements were completed in 2017.  The competition recognizes not only major, high-cost projects, but any improvements that have increased public safety.

Go here for complete information.



Report examines elderly involvement in fatal accidents

March 14, 2018

Pennsylvania is among the states with the most vehicle fatalities involving elderly drivers.  A report by TRIP, a nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, D.C., discusses fatalities involving elderly drivers nationwide, as well as possible solutions.

“Largely because of the transportation funding measure known as Act 89, Pennsylvania reached a record low number of overall highway fatalities in 2016,” noted PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner.  “This is very positive news.  However, this report shows there is still much to be done to improve safety for older drivers and improve mobility for seniors.”

To view the “Preserving the Mobility and Safety of Older Americans” report, click here.  To view the news release, click here.



PennDOT Dep. Sec. McAuley to Speak at April 19 PHIA Breakfast

March 13, 2018

The Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) will host its first Policy Leaders breakfast of the year on April 19, 2018, featuring PennDOT Deputy Secretary George McAuley.

George McAuley was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on December 5, 2016. His 30-plus-year career includes engineering position progression in PennDOT’s District 10 in Indiana, Pa., holding the title of Assistant District Executive for Construction, and for the past 10 years as Assistant District Executive for Maintenance. McAuley also served briefly as Assistant District Executive for Design in District 10, and Acting Director of PennDOT’s Bureau of Project Delivery.

George will provide an inside perspective of PennDOT’s $2.4 billion annual highway construction program as well as provide some insight on what’s in store for the rest of 2018.

Don’t miss your opportunity to join us on April 19 to hear from one of Pennsylvania’s distinguished policy leaders!

For more information and to register for the event, click HERE.


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