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APC to seek work zone safety solution

October 10, 2014

It probably comes as no surprise that speeding through work zones is the top safety concern among highway construction workers.

WZCAMERAAdd to that the increased speed limits on the Turnpike and on sections of some Interstate Highways, along with the increasing number of work zones as PennDOT’s Decade of Investment advances following passage of the transportation funding act, and it becomes clear why the issue has climbed to the top of the industry’s list of priorities.

In August, the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors Safety Committee recommended that APC lead a legislative initiative to allow the use of cameras to enforce speed limits in work zones.

In Maryland, which implemented a camera enforcement program in 2009, speeding in work zones has decreased significantly. Signage announces that speeding through work zones will result in fines, cameras photograph the license plates of vehicles that fail to comply, and vehicle owners receive a citation by mail.

Given the Maryland experience and the universal desire to protect highway construction workers, APC is hopeful that the legislation will receive strong support near the beginning of the next legislative session. Except for a few procedural matters, the current session effectively ends next week.

“Maryland’s experience shows that not only is camera enforcement effective, it’s very cost-effective since it provides protection around the clock without requiring the time and attention of State Police personnel,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “We hope that legislators will embrace the idea strongly and quickly next year.”

 

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Governor Corbett highlights transportation funding benefits

October 1, 2014
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PennDOT’s continuing effort to highlight the benefits of Act 89, the transportation funding bill, received a boost from Gov. Tom Corbett this week in a high-profile news event in Pittsburgh.

With the Birmingham Bridge serving as a backdrop, the governor made the point that the funding bill will benefit people in every corner of Pennsylvania. The Birmingham Bridge itself will undergo $28.5 million in repairs after an incident in 2008 that closed the bridge for a month when the bridge deck dropped due to deterioration.Tom Corbett

Funding from Act 89 accelerated the timetable to repair the bridge. The act will raise $2.3 billion per year in additional transportation revenue by 2018, supporting tens of thousands of jobs.

So far, PennDOT has started work on more than 200 Act 89-funded projects covering more than 1,600 miles of roads and 83 bridges. Overall, more than 900 projects are expected to get underway this year, both from Act 89 and prior funding streams.

To view the entire news release, click here.

 

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PHIA President Lawson testifies to Act 89 benefits

September 26, 2014

ACT89ABSTRACTsquareA community that “feels good about itself” is more likely to attract good employers, and a good transportation system can help in conveying that type of positive image.

That observation was among the views that PHIA President Tom Lawson shared with members of the Senate Transportation Committee recently during a hearing on the benefits of Act 89, the transportation funding measure approved last year.

Lawson said a community’s image is one of the intangibles regarding site selection that doesn’t receive the attention it deserves.

“The condition of our roads says something about who we are as a region and state,” Lawson said. “If we care enough to keep our homes in good repair, then the same should hold true for our roads that we drive on almost every day of the week. The same can be said for our transit systems, airports, etc.”

He said Act 89, which eventually will generate an additional $2.3 billion per year for transportation, will help communities keep and expand job opportunities in Pennsylvania, and attract the attention of prospective employers scouting new work sites.

 

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PennDOT’s 2014 contract lettings eclipse $2 billion mark

September 26, 2014

NEW_PENNDOTAct 89 continues to push construction lettings to significantly higher levels compared to last year.  PennDOT had another strong month with over $200 million in projects being put out on the street during the month of September.  This now brings the year-to-date total to over $2.1 billion.  At this same point in 2013, PennDOT only bid $1.209 billion in lettings.  At this pace, PennDOT would end 2014 well over its initial $2.2 billion estimate.

With the recent enactment of the transportation funding bill there is reason to see this trend continue in 2015. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT exceeding $2 billion in construction lettings in 2015. PennDOT finished 2013 with $1.6 billion in lettings.

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

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

September 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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August PennDOT lettings total $165 million

September 2, 2014

NEW_PENNDOTAct 89 continues to push construction lettings to significantly higher levels compared to last year.  PennDOT had another strong month in August with over $165.7 million in projects being put out on the street. This brings the year-to-date total to slightly over $1.9 billion.  At this same point in 2013, PennDOT only bid $1.092 billion in lettings. At this pace, PennDOT would end 2014 well over its initial $2.2 billion estimate in lettings.

With the recent enactment of the transportation funding bill there is reason to see this trend continue. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT exceeding $2 billion in construction lettings in 2014. PennDOT finished 2013 with $1.6 billion in lettings.

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.