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PennDOT’s May lettings total $219 million

May 27, 2011 by · Comments Off on PennDOT’s May lettings total $219 million
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The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) bid out just over $219 million in projects in May bringing the year-to-date total to $760.8 million.  At this same time last year, PennDOT had let just under $800 million.

PennDOT finished the 2010 calendar year with approximately $2.2 billion in lettings.  While PennDOT initially forecast that 2011 will only see $1.7 billion, which was the level of the program back in 2006-07, it expects to hit close to $2 billion by year’s end due to realized savings on the competitive bidding market and increases fuel tax revenues.  The department said the overall forecasted decrease is due to the expiration of the federal Economic Stimulus payments as well as a decrease in state funding and stagnet federal funding.  To put into perspective, PennDOT’s lettings were $2.8 billion in 2009 due to the billion dollars in economic stimulus funds.

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

May 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 updates.

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Work Zone Awareness Week

April 4, 2011 by · Comments Off on Work Zone Awareness Week
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PennDOT Secretary-designate Barry Schoch kicked off Work Zone Awareness Week on Monday, noting that 22 people were killed in work zones in 2010, a year in which there were more work-zone crashes than any of the last five years.

“Highway work zones are among the most dangerous places to work, with workers putting their lives at risk each time they fix a roadway or repair a gas, electric or water line,” said Schoch, formerly PHIA’s president. “These workers are trying to perform difficult jobs while tons of steel race past them. Always use caution in work zones and never drive distracted. Your life and the lives of highway workers and other motorists are at stake.”

According to PennDOT data, the 22 people killed in work zones last year included three PennDOT employees and one contractor. Three of those worker deaths were caused by a vehicle entering the work zone. Since 1970, 82 PennDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty.

In 2010, there were 1,884 crashes in work zones, a dramatic increase from the 1,519 crashes in 2009. Over the five-year period, there were 8,302 work-zone crashes and 114 fatalities.

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Industry remains optimistic about funding solutions

March 16, 2011 by · Comments Off on Industry remains optimistic about funding solutions
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Although Governor Corbett did not mention transportation funding in his budget address last week, the construction industry continues to be optimistic about the opportunity to begin addressing that issue this year.

Barry Schoch was unanimously recommended by the Senate Transportation Committee to serve as PennDOT secretary. He will continue as acting secretary until confirmation by the full Senate, which is expected next month. Read more

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PennDOT’s February Construction Lettings = $119 Million

February 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on PennDOT’s February Construction Lettings = $119 Million
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The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) bid out just over $119 million in projects in February bring the year-to-date total to $185.6 million.  PennDOT finished the 2010 calendar year with approximately $2.2 billion in lettings but has forecast that 2011 will only see $1.7 billion, which was the level of the program back in 2006-07.  The department said this decrease is largely due to the expiration of the federal Economic Stimulus payments as well as a decrease in state funding and stagnet federal funding.  To put into perspective, PennDOT’s lettings were $2.8 billion in 2009 due to the billion dollars in economic stimulus funds. Read more

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PennDOT begins 2011 with $66 million in lettings

January 31, 2011 by · Comments Off on PennDOT begins 2011 with $66 million in lettings
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The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) bid out just over $66.5million in projects in January to begin the 2011 construction year.  PennDOT finished the 2010 calendar year with approximately $2.1 billion in lettings but has forecast that 2011 will only see $1.7 billion, which was the level of the program back in 2006-07.  The department said this decrease is largely due to the expiration of the federal Economic Stimulus payments as well as a decrease in state funding and stagnet federal funding.  To put into perspective, PennDOT’s lettings were $2.8 billion in 2009 due to the billion dollars in economic stimulus funds. Read more

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PHIA’s Barry Schoch nominated for PennDOT secretary

January 12, 2011 by · 15 Comments
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PHIA President Barry Schoch, a vice president at McCormick Taylor and a passionate and forceful advocate for a 21st Century transportation system in Pennsylvania, has been nominated as PennDOT secretary, Governor-elect Tom Corbett announced today. Read more

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PennDOT finishes 2010 with $2.1 billion in lettings

December 16, 2010 by · Comments Off on PennDOT finishes 2010 with $2.1 billion in lettings
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The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) put out just over $339 million in projects in December bringing the final year-end total to just above $2.1 billion.  Read more

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PennDOT lets $47 million in November

November 24, 2010 by · Comments Off on PennDOT lets $47 million in November
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The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) put out just over $47 million in projects in November bringing the year-to-date letting total to just above $1.7 billion.  To date, the department has let a total of 796 projects.   PennDOT also released its 2011 forecast.  Read more

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PennDOT lets another $82 million of projects in October

October 25, 2010 by · Comments Off on PennDOT lets another $82 million of projects in October
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The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) put out just over $82 million in projects in October bringing the year-to-date letting total to $1.73 billion.  To date, the department has let a total of 773 projects worth $1.733 billion. Despite the recent rejection of tolls on I-80, PennDOT still anticipates meeting their 2010 letting goal of $1.8 billion.  Read more

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Where it all began

October 22, 2010 by · Comments Off on Where it all began
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When it comes to understanding Pennsylvania’s highway funding woes, few editorial boards can claim to have a better grasp than that of the Washington Observer-Reporter.

It was in this newspaper’s circulation area that the state’s transportation funding crisis became “official.” In December 2005, a bridge carrying Lakeview Drive traffic collapsed onto Interstate 70 in Washington County, and the funding problem became much more than a few project engineers and construction executives wringing their hands over the shrinking resources of PennDOT. Read more