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PennDOT bids $91 million in projects during February

February 27, 2012

The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) bid just over $91 million in projects in February bringing the year-to-date total to slightly over $141 million.   At this same point in 2011, PennDOT had bid almost $186 million. 

PennDOT made a 2012 construction year forecast at $1.5 billion due to a decrease in state funding and stagnant federal funding.  For perspective, a $1.5 billion letting program was the same volume as in 2006.  For more information regarding the department’s forecast you can view Dep. Secretary Scott Christie’s presentation at the annual APC Fall Seminar by going here.  In 2011, PennDOT ended the year with $1.8 billion in lettings.

It is important to note that just a few years ago, PennDOT’s 2009 lettings were $2.8 billion due to the billion dollars in economic stimulus funds, which have been completely spent.

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

*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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P3’s are a tool, not a panacea

February 23, 2012

As legislators at last seem to be making headway in advancing a public-private partnership bill, it behooves us to keep some perspective on how much P3’s can contribute to a solution to Pennsylvania’s transportation funding woes.

Many federal and state elected officials suggest that private-sector financing holds significant promise as a funding solution.  The transportation construction industry agrees that a comprehensive solution should include the opportunity for private investment, but there are several things about privatization that everyone should consider and understand.

First is the scope of the funding problem.  Pennsylvania’s Transportation Advisory Committee calculated the state’s funding gap for PennDOT, public transit and local roads at $3.5 billion annually.  It is not realistic to believe that market-driven private sector investment will solve the entire problem, or even a significant portion of it.

As the Pennsylvania Economy League’s transportation study noted six years ago, a comprehensive solution certainly must include a wide variety of funding mechanisms, including increased user fees, local taxing authority and prudent use of debt, as well as private investment. Read more

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Reaction to Gov. Corbett’s budget address

February 8, 2012

Gov. Tom Corbett made prominent mention of transportation funding in his budget address on Tuesday.  While asserting that transportation funding transcends the budget process, he said the issue is one of his top priorities.  The Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition, of which PHIA is a member, issued this reaction.  Click here to read the statement.

 

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PennDOT starts 2012 with $53 million in lettings

February 8, 2012

The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) bid just over $53.5 million in projects in January to start the new year. 

PennDOT made a 2012 construction year forecast at $1.5 billion due to a decrease in state funding and stagnant federal funding.  For perspective, a $1.5 billion letting program was the same volume as in 2006.  For more information regarding the department’s forecast you can view Dep. Secretary Scott Christie’s presentation at the annual APC Fall Seminar by going here.  In 2011, PennDOT ended the year with $1.8 billion in lettings.

It is important to note that just a few years ago, PennDOT’s 2009 lettings were $2.8 billion due to the billion dollars in economic stimulus funds, which have been completely spent.

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

*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.