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PennDOT July Letting Results

August 13, 2018

PennDOT continued its strong summer bidding by issuing just over $223 million in projects in July, bringing the year-to-date total to just over $1.3 billion 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 July letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

July 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.

 

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Registration Now Open for 2018 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference & Meeting

August 8, 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 PHIA Transportation Conference and Annual Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg.  Click HERE for more information and to register!

 

 

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PennDOT June Letting Report

July 13, 2018

PennDOT continued its 2018 construction letting season by issuing just over $283 million in projects in June, bringing the year-to-date total to just over $1 billion 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 June letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

June 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.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 25

June 26, 2018

Experts say a regional approach is essential for tackling freight transportation

As construction of warehouses and distribution centers continues to increase throughout the region, the challenges of transporting all that freight continue to rise in importance.

PennDOT secretary addresses local freight issues at summit

PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards reviewed steps Gov. Tom Wolf’s office has taken to address freight-related challenges at the first in-the-state summit.

To combat potholes, cities turn to technology

In a growing number of cities, including Omaha, Nebraska; Hartford, Connecticut; and San Diego, residents can download an app for reporting potholes. In Houston, residents can check out the Pothole Tracker app or log on to a website and see graphics and charts showing the city’s progress in fixing them.

How the Koch brothers are killing public transit projects around the country

In cities and counties across the country — including Little Rock, Ark.; Phoenix, Ariz.; southeast Michigan; central Utah; and here in Tennessee — the Koch brothers are fueling a fight against public transit, an offshoot of their longstanding national crusade for lower taxes and smaller government.

OOIDA seeks class action status for Pennsylvania toll lawsuit

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the National Motorists Association are asking a federal court to grant class action status to their lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. If granted, more than 100,000 motorists could be potential class members in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of “excessive” toll increases on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

New buses running on natural gas

This morning Amtran introduced five new compressed natural gas buses. They held a special ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at their operation center on Fifth Avenue in Altoona.

 

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House, Senate to try once more to advance automated speed enforcement bill

June 19, 2018

The reasons for the General Assembly to pass an automated speed enforcement bill are compelling:

  • Across the country, an average of 14 motorists and 2 highway workers are killed in work zones every week.
  • The number of work zone crashes is increasing – by 42 percent since 2013.
  • The rate of fatal crashes in work zones is greater than fatal crashes elsewhere.
  • Automated speed enforcement is proven to work. Once Maryland drivers became accustomed to that state’s program, the proportion of drivers exceeding the posted speed limit by at least 12 miles an hour dropped from 7 percent to less than 1 percent.
  • The right to be safe in a work zone – for travelers and construction workers alike – is more important than the right to not be photographed while breaking the law and putting lives at risk.

“There have been numerous opinions about what should and should not be in the bill,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “As House and Senate members come together once more to iron out their differences, we urge them to look at those differences through the lens of what would make work zones safer for both travelers and workers. Maryland has shown that it can be done.”

Associated Pennsylvania Constructors recently developed a fact sheet outlining why automated speed enforcement makes sense. To view it, click here.

 

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