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PHIA Co-Hosts Chairmen’s Breakfast

March 4, 2015

019Partnering with ACEC/PA, PHIA this week hosted a breakfast with the chairmen of both the House and Senate Transportation committees.

Senators John Rafferty and John Wozniak returned to their posts on the Senate side. The House appointed new chairs this session with Representatives John Taylor and Bill Keller. While new to the chairmanships, Taylor and Keller are not strangers to transportation issues, and both supported Act 89.

The breakfast began with introductions from each of the chairmen, where they lauded the successes of Act 89 in their respective districts, and across the state. They expressed their commitment to protecting highway funds in the face of a tight budget year.

The House chairmen also expressed great interest in further development at the port of Philadelphia (both hail from Philadelphia County). They015 pointed to the competition in port use from Delaware’s recent development and want to be active in working with the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority to create jobs at the port.

It was a packed first event in the series, and we hope to see you at the next, which is scheduled for May 6.

 

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PennDOT lets $138 million in projects in February

March 4, 2015

NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT continued its strong, post-Act 89 momentum by letting over $138 million in projects let during February.  Last year, PennDOT ended the year with $2.6 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 $2.6 billion.

At the end of 2013, PennDOT only bid $1.638 billion in lettings. Act 89 enabled PennDOT to put nearly a $1 billion more projects on the street in 2014 than it was able to do in 2013.

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. Read more

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Automated speed enforcement in work zones will save lives

February 4, 2015

Having taken a major step toward addressing Pennsylvania’s bridge and highway funding needs with the passage of Act 89, PHIA and the construction industry are turning their attention toward work zone safety.

The industry is lining up behind legislation that will provide for camera enforcement of speed limits in work zones. Five years of experience with such a system in Maryland proves that this approach is exceptionally effective.

It’s not just about construction workers. In four out of five work zone crashes, it’s motorists and passengers who are injured or killed, not construction workers.

In Maryland, the number of work zone speeding violations has dropped dramatically since the program began. Click below to view a short video, and check back at www.PaHighwayInfo.org for periodic updates.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/117849757[/vimeo]

 

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PennDOT starts 2015 with $288 million in lettings

February 3, 2015

NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT continued its strong, post-Act 89 momentum by starting 2015 with over $288 million in projects let during January.  Last year, PennDOT ended the year with $2.6 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 $2.6 billion.

At the end of 2013, PennDOT only bid $1.638 billion in lettings. Act 89 enabled PennDOT to put nearly a $1 billion more projects on the street in 2014 than it was able to do in 2013.

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. Read more

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PHIA welcomes nomination of Leslie Richards as PennDOT secretary

January 14, 2015

RichardsGovernor-elect Tom Wolf today nominated Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards as PennDOT secretary and announced that current Secretary Barry Schoch would be retained in a temporary role as a transportation and infrastructure policy senior adviser in the governor’s office.

Richards, vice chair of the board of commissioners, also serves on the SEPTA board and is vice chair of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. She has an impressive private-sector resume as well, as a senior project manager at a civil engineering firm, where she gained experience with managing multi-million dollar infrastructure projects such as bridge rehabilitation, road repairs, streetscape improvements and other types of projects.

“Ms. Richards brings excellent qualifications and a great balance of private-sector and public-policy experience to this important cabinet-level job, and she was a vocal supporter of Act 89, the transportation funding measure that was passed in November 2013,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner.

Richards is a graduate of Brown University, where she concentrated in economics and urban studies. She received a master’s of regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Richards and her husband, Ira, have lived in Whitemarsh Township for 19 years. They have three children, Ben, Sophie, and Rebecca. Additional biographical information is available here.

“We also applaud the move to keep Secretary Schoch involved to assist with the continuing implementation of Act 89 and to assist the secretary-designee as needed,” Wagner said. “Transportation issues traditionally draw strong bipartisan support in Pennsylvania, and we’re pleased that the new administration is continuing that approach.”