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PennDOT launches project website

August 25, 2015 by · Comments Off on PennDOT launches project website
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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation this week launched a website highlighting information about active and upcoming construction projects through 2026.

The website (www.projects.pennDOT.gov) includes explanatory schematics of past, present and future construction projects funded by Act 89, as well as projects that fall under the Four- and Twelve-Year Plans. Projects are searchable by county, PennDOT district and statewide.

Beyond highway construction projects, the website’s Act 89 section details bridge and public transportation projects as well. Act 89, approved in 2013, provides funding for all modes of transportation, including improvements to 5,000 state-owned miles of roads and 600 bridges.

“This website is an excellent resource for highway and public transportation users across Pennsylvania,” PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner said. “It provides up-to-date information about our many road improvements, and shows users the improvements to come. Coupled with PA 511 and its app, PennDOT is making a wealth of information more accessible to transportation system users.”

 

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PennDOT posts strong July letting period

August 3, 2015 by · Comments Off on PennDOT posts strong July letting period
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NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT continued its strong, post-Act 89 momentum by letting just over $340 million in projects during July, bringing the year-to-date total to just over $1.7 billion. 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.

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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PennDOT’s June lettings total $278 million

June 26, 2015 by · Comments Off on PennDOT’s June lettings total $278 million
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NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT continued its strong, post-Act 89 momentum by letting just over $278 million in projects during June, bringing the year-to-date total to just over $1.4 billion. 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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PennDOT’s March Lettings Total $163 Million

March 31, 2015 by · Comments Off on PennDOT’s March Lettings Total $163 Million
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NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT continued its strong, post-Act 89 momentum by letting over $163 million in projects let during March.  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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PennDOT lets $138 million in projects in February

March 4, 2015 by · Comments Off on PennDOT lets $138 million in projects in February
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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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PennDOT starts 2015 with $288 million in lettings

February 3, 2015 by · Comments Off on PennDOT starts 2015 with $288 million in lettings
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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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PennDOT ends 2014 just shy of $2.6 billion in construction lettings

December 31, 2014 by · Comments Off on PennDOT ends 2014 just shy of $2.6 billion in construction lettings
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NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT ended 2014 with significantly higher lettings as a direct result of Act 89—Pennsylvania’s new transportation funding law. PennDOT let over $117 million in projects during December bring the year-end total to just shy of $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.

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.

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 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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Falling Gas Prices Will Have No Effect on New PA Funding Law

December 10, 2014 by · Comments Off on Falling Gas Prices Will Have No Effect on New PA Funding Law
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Price changing on gas signRetail gasoline prices have fallen to the lowest levels in more than five years, and many are wondering whether this drop will negatively affect the revenue available from the recent enactment of Act 89, PA’s most significant comprehensive transportation funding law since 1997.

The answer is no…but here’s why.

Act 89 did not change the fact that Pennsylvania’s highways are still funded by a user-pay system. Fuel taxes on gasoline and diesel remain the cornerstone of this user pay system. However, only about 11 percent of the actual price of a gallon of gasoline is determined by federal and state taxes. The vast majority is dependent upon the market price of crude oil.

The authors of Act 89 were wise in that they protected the state revenues derived by Act 89 and by effectively freezing the calculation rate used to determine that state tax level. Prior to Act 89, a large portion of the state tax rate was dependent upon a calculation of the average wholesale price of gasoline and then was run through a formula. An artificial cap was placed on this calculation formula in the mid 1980’s. This is the main reason Pennsylvania’s highway funds became stagnate because the cap was reached in the early 2000’s. Read more

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PennDOT’s Strong October Puts Yearly Lettings Over $2.4 billion

November 3, 2014 by · Comments Off on PennDOT’s Strong October Puts Yearly Lettings Over $2.4 billion
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NEW_PENNDOTAct 89 continues to push construction lettings to significantly higher levels compared to last year. PennDOT had another strong month with nearly $300 million in projects being put out on the street during the month of October. This now brings the year-to-date total to just over $2.4 billion. At this same point in 2013, PennDOT only bid $1.465 billion in lettings. At this pace, PennDOT will far exceed its initial 2014 estimate of $2.2 billion.

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. Read more

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‘Green Light Go’ on PA Newsmakers this week

October 17, 2014 by · Comments Off on ‘Green Light Go’ on PA Newsmakers this week
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LathamSchochNewsmakersAmong the solutions for improving highways is one that requires relatively little investment and no new construction. PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch, appearing on Pennsylvania Newsmakers this week, outlined the department’s “Green Light Go” program and joined Associated Pennsylvania Constructors’ Bob Latham to provide a progress report on Act 89, the transportation funding measure that passed nearly one year ago.

“There’s no better low-cost improvement to reduce congestion and improve safety than to upgrade traffic signals,” the secretary said. To view the entire segment, click here.