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APC to seek work zone safety solution

October 10, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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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 by · Comments Off on Governor Corbett highlights transportation funding benefits
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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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Act 89 continues to drive PA forward

September 3, 2014 by · Comments Off on Act 89 continues to drive PA forward
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PHIA provides a video update on the benefits of Act 89 and how it’s moving Pennsylvania forward.

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Governor Corbett Announces Updated 12-Year Transportation Program

August 14, 2014 by · Comments Off on Governor Corbett Announces Updated 12-Year Transportation Program
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The State Transportation Commission today updated Pennsylvania’s 12-Year Transportation Program with a 50 percent boost in transportation spending directly attributable to passage of Act 89 last fall.

12YEARThe new plan anticipates $63.2 billion being available over the next 12 years for improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads, compared with $41.6 billion in the last update two years ago.

“Today’s action represents a significant step forward to addressing all transportation modes,” Governor Corbett said in announcing the action. “Act 89 provides a solution to a decades old problem, and the legislature and I showed that unlike Washington, we are able to put partisan politics aside and do what’s right for Pennsylvania.”

The program, which takes effect Oct. 1, anticipates $12.3 billion being available for highway and bridge projects in the first four years. Public transit is in line for $7.9 billion; aviation, $370 million; the state’s rail-freight systems $228 million; and the newly created multimodal fund will receive $284 million in the first four years. Read more

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Act 89 vote shows little or no impact on legislative campaigns

August 4, 2014 by · Comments Off on Act 89 vote shows little or no impact on legislative campaigns
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Although the General Election still awaits, there is no sign that enactment of a transportation funding measure last year is having an impact on this year’s legislative campaign. PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner provides an update.

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PennDOT’s lettings top the $1.7 billion mark

July 31, 2014 by · Comments Off on PennDOT’s lettings top the $1.7 billion mark
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NEW_PENNDOTNow into the second half of 2014, Act 89 continues to push construction lettings to significantly higher levels compared to last year. PennDOT had another strong month in July with over $330 million in projects being put out on the street. This brings the year-to-date total to over $1.7 billion. At this same point in 2013, PennDOT only bid $936.6 million in lettings. At this pace, PennDOT would end 2014 with an estimated $2.2 billion 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 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 lets over $1.4 billion in projects in first 6 months of 2014

June 30, 2014 by · Comments Off on PennDOT lets over $1.4 billion in projects in first 6 months of 2014
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NEW_PENNDOTAct 89 continues to push construction lettings to significantly higher levels thus far in 2014. PennDOT had another strong month in June with over $510 million in projects being put out on the street. This brings the year-to-date total to over $1.4 billion. At this same point in 2013, PennDOT only bid $724.4 million in lettings. At this pace, PennDOT would end 2014 with over $2 billion 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 coming close to $2 billion in construction lettings in 2014. PennDOT finished 2013 with $1.6 billion in lettings. Read more

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Annual conference video wrap-up

June 16, 2014 by · Comments Off on Annual conference video wrap-up
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PHIA’s annual conference last month featured a wide variety of interesting presentations.  Here the presenters summarize their thoughts.

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Strong lettings during month of May

June 2, 2014 by · Comments Off on Strong lettings during month of May
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NEW_PENNDOTThe effects of Act 89 continue to spike PennDOT lettings in 2014.   PennDOT had a strong bidding period in may with over $300 million in projects being put out on the street.  This brings the year-to-date total to over $959 million.  At this same point in 2013, PennDOT only bid $575.7 million in lettings.  At this pace, PennDOT would end 2014 with over $2 billion 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 coming close to $2 billion in construction lettings in 2014.  PennDOT finished 2013 with $1.6 billion in lettings. Read more

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Funding act supporters win re-nomination

May 29, 2014 by · Comments Off on Funding act supporters win re-nomination
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Transportation funding advocates are fond of noting that following the gas-tax increase of 1997, no incumbent who supported the increase lost his or her seat because of it.

This year – at least through the primary – the same holds true. Many incumbents who had previously supported Act 89, including Reps. Mark Keller, Stan Saylor, Mauree Gingrich, Patty Kim, Karen Boback, Margo Davidson and Seth Grove, won their party’s nomination fairly handily.

Rep. Ryan Aument, who also supported the funding act, was nominated for a vacant Senate seat. Kristen Phillips-Hill, running for a vacant House seat, defeated a tea party candidate to win the nomination.

Of the handful of incumbents who lost their bids for re-nomination and who supported Act 89, their vote clearly was not the main reason. Some are facing criminal charges, and one was thrown into a district with a fellow incumbent following legislative redistricting. Read more