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PennDOT announces more projects funded by PA’s Multimodel Fund

October 19, 2016

ACT89ABSTRACTLast week, Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards announced transportation projects all over the state that would be funded using money from the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

The list of projects include 37 highways, bridges, bikes and pedestrian paths; these improvements total $40 million. The projects are regionally diverse, and include more than $3 million for road improvements in Carlisle; $4.6 million to Philadelphia for roadway improvements, as well as the creation of bike and pedestrian paths near local elementary schools; and millions to the rest of the state.

The Multimodal Fund was created by Act 89, the comprehensive, multi-modal funding legislation of 2013. This bill created dedicated streams of funding for transportation improvements, an investment of $2.4 billion by the state. Funds are generated by the elimination of the flat gas tax, and uncapping the wholesale oil franchise tax.

“The multi-modal projects that will be funded this year are a testament to the necessity and success of Act 89,” PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner said. “These improvements are critical to improving the safety and experience of Pennsylvanians, whether they travel by foot, bike, car, train or plane.”

 

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PHIA celebrates successful 2016 conference

October 6, 2016

2016PHIACONFWEBLast week, more than one hundred fifty industry professionals and highway experts gathered at the Harrisburg Hilton for the annual Pennsylvania Highway Information Association conference.

Following a welcome from PHIA President Jamie Van Buren, attendees were treated to seminars from transportation experts on the topics of autonomous vehicles, the future of state funding, and public perception of transportation improvements.

The Turnpike Commission provided an update on its work, and the day wrapped up with an examination of the politics at play in transportation industry policy.

Our Keynote featured capitol press corps members John Micek of the Patriot News and Dennis Owens of abc27-WHTM. They provided our audience with their predictions for the election next month, as well as a primer on the large plate of issues facing the General Assembly upon its return.

“The PHIA conference and annual meeting is always an important gathering for industry professionals, but this year’s speakers provided exceptional updates on many facets of transportation,” PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner said. “The broad range of speakers reinforced our belief that highways are an integral part of a multi-modal transportation system.”

 

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PennDOT lets $283 million during September

October 4, 2016

NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT let just over $283 million projects during the month of September according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).  With this letting, PennDOT has bid a total of $1.893 billion in 2016 to date. At this same point last year, PennDOT bid a total of $2.061 billion. The official 2015 year-end total was $2.594 billion just shy of PennDOT’s $2.6 billion forecast. PennDOT reported at the annual meeting of the APC that 2016 lettings are expected to be $2.4 billion.  At this rate, PennDOT would exceed its 2016 program forecast goal of $2.4 billion.

With the 2013 enactment of the transportation funding bill (Act 89) there is reason to see increased lettings. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT exceeding the $2 billion construction lettings mark for years to come. Read more

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Auditor General Warns Of Unstable Future for Turnpike

September 13, 2016

depasqualeofficialphotoAuditor General Eugene DePasquale audited the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and found potentially troubling news for the state’s comprehensive transportation system if the General Assembly does not address the onerous financial obligations facing the commission.

The audit covered the performance of the turnpike over the past two years, and found that with toll increases, the commission collects between $12 million and $20 million annually; however, DePasquale also noted that the commission has set very high projections for traffic and he does not expect them to be met.

Act 44 of 2007 created the turnpike’s financial dilemma, as it mandated that the commission pay $450 million annually to PennDOT. Act 89 of 2013, the comprehensive multi-modal transportation funding bill, decreases the annual payment to PennDOT to $50 million starting in 2023. Read more

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PennDOT lets nearly $176 million in projects this month

August 30, 2016

NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT let $175.9 million projects during the month of August according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC). With this letting, PennDOT has bid a total of $1.611 billion in 2016 to date. At this same point last year, PennDOT bid a total of $1.795 billion. The official 2015 year-end total was $2.594 billion just shy of PennDOT’s $2.6 billion forecast. PennDOT reported at the annual meeting of the APC that 2016 lettings are expected to be $2.4 billion.

With the 2013 enactment of the transportation funding bill (Act 89) there is reason to see increased lettings. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT exceeding the $2 billion construction lettings mark for years to come.

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

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

August 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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