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.



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


PHIA: Latham and Mallory Discuss Act 89

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2014 Transportation Conference a Success

May 8, 2014 by · Comments Off on 2014 Transportation Conference a Success
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PHIA members know that we don’t hand out our Advocate of the Year awards to just anyone. In fact, it’s not unusual for us to skip the award some years.

Tom CorbettThis year, however, we honored not one, but two transportation advocates, and it won’t surprise anyone to learn that they are Gov. Tom Corbett and PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch. Both were instrumental in the passage of Act 89, Pennsylvania’s first-ever comprehensive, multimodal transportation funding measure. It wouldn’t have happened without them.

In fact, there was no shortage of kudos at this year’s Transportation Conference and Annual Meeting, held Wednesday at the Harrisburg Hilton. While the governor and Secretary Schoch – Barry was serving as PHIA president when he was nominated as secretary – deservedly took PHIA’s top honors, the organization bestowed special recognition on Sens. John Rafferty and John Wozniak, majority and minority chairs, respectively, of the Senate Transportation Committee; Reps. Nick Micozzie and Michael McGeehan, majority and minority chairs, respectively, of the House Transportation Committee; Sen. Jake Corman, who introduced the initial transportation funding legislation; House Speaker Sam Smith, who shepherded the final bill through the House; and the late Dick Hess, who was chairman of the House Transportation Committee at the time of his death, and who had been instrumental in paving the way for the funding bill in the House.

Also honored were George Wolff, founder of the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition, and Coalition member Mike Ryan, who headed the organization’s legislative outreach efforts for the last two years. Read more


Corbett unveils “Decade of Investment” for transportation

April 3, 2014 by · Comments Off on Corbett unveils “Decade of Investment” for transportation
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Gov. Tom Corbett announced today that PennDOT will invest $2.1 billion in bridge and highway work this year, about $600 million more than would have been available without passage of the Transportation Funding Act last fall.

At a news conference in Harrisburg, Corbett said 250 projects will begin this year directly as a result of the funding act, for a total of more than 900 projects overall.

IMG_1447Echoing themes that the construction industry has been using over the last few years, the governor said the funding plan would create safer roads, bridges and public transportation systems, while saving 12,000 jobs immediately and creating 50,000 more during the next five years. He said 18,000 jobs would be created this year alone.

Some of the higher-profile projects include:

  • Rehabilitating the Birmingham Bridge in Pittsburgh.
  • Rehabilitating the Spring Garden Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
  • Resurfacing the Trexlertown bypass in Lehigh County.
  • Resurfacing more than 145 miles of roads in northeastern Pennsylvania.
  • Resurfacing and bridge preservation on the Lock Haven Bypass, in Clinton County.
  • Resurfacing more than 142 miles of roads in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Moreover, the plan will enable PennDOT to remove weight restrictions on more than 100 state and local bridges in 2014. The department had been forced to begin posting weight restrictions last year in the absence of a funding measure. Read more

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PHIA strives to promote benefits of transportation funding

March 6, 2014 by · Comments Off on PHIA strives to promote benefits of transportation funding
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The passage of Pennsylvania’s $2.3 billion transportation funding bill will bring lasting benefits to motorists, and PHIA is committed to educating the public about the positive changes to come.

“Most people don’t often think about it, but the condition of Pennsylvania’s highway system affects the state’s economic health,” said Jason Wagner, PHIA managing director. “Our economy is dependent upon our highway system. This makes it especially important to keep the public informed.”

Now that the bill has passed, PHIA’s next step is to ensure that important information reaches Pennsylvania’s highway users.

“Our goal is to be the go-to source for highway information,” Wagner said. “We want to make certain that the public is kept up to date on the changes taking place and to be aware of how these changes are improving transportation for them.”

The video below outlines some of the ways funding from the transportation bill will improve Pennsylvania’s transportation system:





PennDOT posts weight restrictions on 1,000 bridges

August 22, 2013 by · 1 Comment
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PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch announced today that the department has posted weight restrictions on approximately 1,000 state and local bridges in order to minimize wear and tear on them in the absence of a bridge and highway funding plan. A listing of the bridges can be viewed by clicking on “Bridge Information” in the right-hand column at

In a statement released this morning, Secretary Schoch said, “Posting bridges with weight restrictions minimizes the wear and tear which will help keep the structures open and safer for a longer period of time. This will also allow us to continue to invest our limited resources into higher-priority bridges.

“Pennsylvania has the third-largest number of bridges in the nation, but the average bridge age is 51. We also lead the nation in the number of bridges classified as structurally deficient. To this point, Pennsylvania has been one of the most liberal with posting criteria compared to other states, all within national standards. For comparison, if we utilized Connecticut’s more-stringent criteria, more than 11,000 weight restrictions would exist in Pennsylvania. Also, Pennsylvania currently ranks 35th in the nation for the number of SD bridges that are posted or closed. As we move to this more conservative posting method we will rank 27th.  Read more


Governor’s Transportation Funding Plan

February 6, 2013 by · Comments Off on Governor’s Transportation Funding Plan
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Gov. Corbett Unveils Transportation Funding Plan

February 5, 2013 by · Comments Off on Gov. Corbett Unveils Transportation Funding Plan
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BreakingNewsGov. Tom Corbett unveiled his anticipated transportation funding plan today as part of his 2013 budget proposal.  Corbett unveiled the key elements of the plan during his annual remarks to the General Assembly.

The plan would add an additional $1.8 billion in revenue over the next five years to significantly aid the Commonwealth’s transportation systems.  To view the key elements of the plan, click here.



Transportation funding to advance early next year

December 12, 2012 by · Comments Off on Transportation funding to advance early next year
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After several years of intensive efforts – by PHIA and others – it appears that legislative leaders and the Corbett administration are ready to move forward in addressing Pennsylvania’s well documented transportation funding needs.

Gov. Corbett outlined his transportation agenda at the PA Society weekend recently held in New York City

Last weekend, the governor weighed in on his support for a comprehensive funding solution as he spoke at a Pennsylvania Society event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. Although declining to discuss specifics of his plan, he said the solution would include multiple funding sources, and he indicated all options are on the table.

Recent news reports have said he and state Sen. John Rafferty, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, have been discussing the elements to be included in funding legislation. Rafferty is expected to introduce the funding legislation early next year.

The response from Pennsylvania’s business community was overwhelmingly supportive. The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, Pennsylvania Business Council, Allegheny Conference, Greater Philadelphia Chamber, Harrisburg Regional Chamber and others chimed in to embrace Corbett’s announcement.

It also is expected that strong editorial support across the state will continue. Corbett’s announcement followed a series of editorials calling for action on the funding issue.

PHIA’s role as a provider of education and information will continue. As it has been since 1960, PHIA’s mission is to educate the public on the importance of a safe and modern highway system.

“It’s gratifying to hear that this issue will finally move forward as we return from the holidays,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “At the same time, we still have a lot of work ahead of us on the education side of the equation. We’re confident, though, that a majority of the public will agree with the need to address this problem, especially given the relatively modest cost for a solution.”

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