2013 Road and Bridge Safety Program Now Open to PA Boroughs

January 30, 2013

PSABSPHIA has launched its annual Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Award program for 2013.  The annual contest is now taking applications by members of the PA State Association of Boroughs (PSAB).

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 2012.  The competition recognizes not only major, high-cost projects, but any improvements that have increased public safety. Read more


PA not alone in considering funding solutions

January 29, 2013

Pennsylvania’s impending transportation funding initiative puts the Keystone State into the national discussion of states that are grappling for solutions to transportation funding needs.

A story last week in USA Today gave an overview of how states are handling this growing national problem, which has been worsened by lack of consensus in Washington about transportation funding in particular and federal transportation policy in general.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has drawn considerable interest for his proposal to eliminate the state’s consumption tax on gasoline for replace it with a sales tax. His rationale is that a consumption tax is not viable due to increasing fuel efficiency, alternative fuels and hybrids.

Some transportation policy experts are critical, however, saying it would eliminate the “more-you-drive, the-more-you-pay” element inherent in fuel taxes. Many believe that a vehicle-miles-traveled approach, which Oregon has been testing with pilot projects, is the ultimate answer. Read more

News, PHIA Programs & Awards

Call for Nominations: Transportation Advocate of the Year

January 14, 2013

PHIA’s mission is to be the leading organization educating the public on the importance and value of a safe and modern highway system.  As part of our mission, we periodically recognize those persons making lasting and outstanding contributions to the highway industry.

If you would like to nominate an individual to be considered for the award, please complete and return the enclosed form.  A committee will be assembled to review all nominations received.  The award will be presented at the PHIA Annual Meeting scheduled for April 23, 2013.

Nominees must be a highway transportation advocate from the public or private sector–working or retired–who lives in Pennsylvania.  Membership in PHIA is not required.  Recognition of an individual may be based on his or her contributions in a given year or for outstanding service in promoting the benefits of a vibrant, efficient and modern highway system over several years.

Please submit all nominations by March 1, 2013. 

  • To view a list of past recipients of the Transportation Advocate of the Year Award, go HERE.



PennDOT finishes 2012 with $1.9 billion in total lettings

January 2, 2013

The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) bid slightly over $112 million in projects in December finishing the 2012 year with $1.973 billion in total contract lettings.   PennDOT finished the 2011 calendar year with $1.812 billion in lettings.   Read more