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2016 Road & Bridge Safety Award Program Now Open to PA Boroughs

January 21, 2016

PSAB_borough_seal_outlinesEach 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 34th straight year, the program is now open for members of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB).  The same award program for PA’s townships opened last month and will open later in the year for PA’s counties.  Eligible projects are those in which most or all of the safety improvements were completed in 2015.  The competition recognizes not only major, high-cost projects, but any improvements that have increased public safety.

Go here for complete information and to download the entry brochures.

 

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PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards Outlines 2015 Achievements

January 12, 2016

Secretary-Richards2In an op-ed article that ran in papers around the state, PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards detailed the many accomplishments of PennDOT during 2015.

These projects included: 608 highway and bridge contracts worth more than $2.5 billion, improvements to more than 6,000 miles of road, a reduction in structurally deficient bridges by 2,000, and $434 million to communities to fix local roads.

PennDOT also focused on improved technology in 2015 by launching FindMyRidePA, introducing wait time monitoring at driver services centers around the state and tracking PennDOT snow plows.

“We are working hard at PennDOT every day to keep you moving,” Secretary Richards wrote. “We prepare to enter 2016 with a renewed commitment to put your dollars invested with us to effective and efficient use.”

“Thanks to funding from Act 89 (the comprehensive, multi-modal funding package of 2013), the past year was filled with necessary highway and bridge improvements,” PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner said. “We hope that 2016 is just as productive and there are many more projects on the horizon.

“However, ,he numbers alone don’t tell the entire story,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “PennDOT’s efforts have resulted in three very important things – improved safety, congestion relief and the creation of hundreds of jobs. Those benefits will continue thanks to the funding measures passed by the General Assembly and Congress.”

You can read Secretary Richards’ op-ed in full here.

 

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PennDOT finishes 2015 with just under $2.6 billion in lettings

January 6, 2016

NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT finished the 2015 calendar year with just shy of it’s projected $2.6 billion in contract lettings.  The official year-end total was $2.594 billion.  In 2014, PennDOT ended the year with $2.575 billion in lettings, the highest since 2009 when the program was boosted by the one-time economic stimulus package. PennDOT exceeded its initial 2014 estimate of $2.2 billion and it was reported earlier that PennDOT’s 2015 anticipated lettings will again be close to $2.6 billion.

PennDOT recently reported at the annual meeting of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC) that 2016 lettings are expected to be $2.4 billion.

With the recent enactment of the transportation funding bill there is reason to see this trend continue well past 2015. 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 December Year-End letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

December 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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Ralph Edgar Peters, Former PHIA President

December 28, 2015

0002353536-01-1_20151227We are saddened to note the death of former PHIA President Ralph Peters.

Ralph was a leader in every aspect of the word and served a wide range of community organizations that provide basic human needs, employment, health care and education. He served as PHIA President from 1986 to 1993. He received PHIA’s Transportation Advocate of the Year Award in 1995.

Ralph joined the architectural and engineering firm of Louis Berger Inc. in the early 1950s as the business manager. In this position, he traveled the world, organizing offices for the company in Madrid, Hong Kong, Nigeria and in many other countries around the globe. In the 1970s he became president and CEO of Harrisburg-based Benatec Associates, a firm of architects, engineers and planners with branch offices in other states.

Visitation will be held at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1610 Carlisle Road, Highland Park, from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 2, followed by a celebration of Ralph’s life at 2 p.m. Fellowship will follow at the church. Inurnment will be private. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Parthemore Funeral Home, New Cumberland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1610 Carlisle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011, or to the United Way of the Capital Region.

 

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PennDOT Partners With Waze

December 22, 2015

WazeGovernor Tom Wolf announced a partnership between PennDOT and user-crowd-sourcing traffic app, Waze.

The app shows users a map of their route along with updates from other users. Users are able to report accidents and road conditions. The partnership with PennDOT will allow PennDOT to share its information with Waze and improve the quantity and quality of information available to users.

“As travelers rely more and more on their smartphones for real-time traffic data, this new partnership represents yet another way PennDOT is modernizing to keep up with the demands of its customers,” Governor Wolf said in his announcement.

The app is already very popular in the state and Waze reports that Philadelphia has more than 417,000 active users per month and Pittsburgh has more than 80,000 active users per month.

“PennDOT is always looking for ways to make it easier and safer to travel on our roadways,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said.

“PHIA applauds every effort to make our roads safer and to help people manage traffic congestion,” PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner said. “This will be especially helpful as many Pennsylvanians prepare to travel throughout the holidays.”

 

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