News, PHIA Programs & Awards

Road and Bridge Safety Awards Now Open to PA’s Counties

May 24, 2012

Each year the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) team with various state organizations to recognize the best road safety or bridge improvement projects undertaken across the state.   Eligible projects are those in which most or all of the safety improvements were completed in 2011.  The competition recognizes not only major, high-cost projects, but any improvements that have increased public safety.   All entries are graded in four categories:  Safety, Resource Innovation, Benefits of Improvements, and Cooperation.

Applications are now open to all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.  For more information on the program or to download an applications, click here.

Entries are being taken until July 6, 2012.

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Indiana Toll Road update

May 18, 2012

Several years ago, as Pennsylvania was considering the merits of selling or leasing the Turnpike, proponents pointed toward Indiana as a successful example of leveraging transportation funding through privatization.  That grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, right?

In 2006, Indiana entered into a 75-year lease with a consortium of foreign investors, who paid $3.8 billion to operate the Indiana Toll Road.  The state then embarked on an ambitious highway construction program.

According to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette this week, nearly all of the $3.8 billion will have been spent or allocated by the time the state’s next governor takes office in January, portending a significant drop in the highway program and putting Indiana back in the same boat as many other states, including Pennsylvania. Read more

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Road and Bridge Safety Award Program Now Open to First Class Townships and Cities

May 2, 2012

2011 PLCM Winner - Ott Street Bridge, Allentown, Pa.

Each year the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) team with various state organizations to recognize the best road safety or bridge improvement projects undertaken across the state.   Eligible projects are those in which most or all of the safety improvements were completed in 2011.  The competition recognizes not only major, high-cost projects, but any improvements that have increased public safety.   All entries are graded in four categories:  Safety, Resource Innovation, Benefits of Improvements, and Cooperation.

Awards have already been presented to 2nd Class Townships and Boroughs.  Applications are now open to First Class Townships and Cities and are being jointly sponsored by the PA State Association of Township Commissioners (PSATC) and the PA League of Cities and Municipalities (PLCM).  For more information on the program or to download an applications, click here.   

Entries are being taken until May 23, 2012.