Pennsylvania Wake Up Call

September 30, 2013



PennDOT’s September Lettings: $117 Million

September 27, 2013

NEW_PENNDOTThe Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation (PennDOT) let just over $117 million in projects during the month of September bringing the year-to-date total to $1.209 billion.  PennDOT is on pace to finish the 2013 calendar year with only $1.6 billion in lettings.  To put in perspective, PennDOT finished the 2012 calendar year with $1.973 billion.  PennDOT’s initial 2013 letting program forecast was $1.7 billion.  Click HERE to view a chart of the PennDOT letting history since 1994.

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

*September 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 update.



Micozzie named to lead House Transportation Committee

September 25, 2013

MicozzieThe Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives formally named Rep. Nick Micozzie as the new chairman of the House Transportation Committee.  Micozzie replaces the late Rep. Dick Hess who passed away earlier this month.

Nicholas A. “Nick’ Micozzie was first elected to the House in 1978, and represents the 163rd Legislative District in Delaware County.  Before being named to head the Transportation Committee, he was the long time chairman of the House Insurance Committee. He did serve as a member of the House Transportation Committee this session.

Micozzie is known for his fairness and compassion for others, he got his start in public service at the local level, serving for many years as a councilman and then a commissioner in Upper Darby Township.

Born in Philadelphia, Nick Micozzie graduated from St. Thomas More High School in the city. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Joseph’s College, Philadelphia and attended Villanova University.  Micozzie is a U.S. Air Force veteran who reached the rank of staff sergeant.

Nick Micozzie and his wife, June, have three children, Kathleen Micozzie O’Connor, Thomas and Kelly Ann Micozzie-Aguirre; seven grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

More information on chairman Micozzie can be found at his website,



House Transportation Committee Chairman Dick Hess Dies

September 6, 2013

Hess us flag portPHIA is sad to report the passing of state Rep. Dick Hess, longtime transportation construction industry advocate who, in his 14th term, had arisen to majority chair of the House Transportation Committee. Hess represented the 78th district which includes much of Bedford and Fulton counties.  Recent reports said Dick, 74, a Republican, had incurred complications following recent surgery. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, and his son Jeff.  PHIA expresses its deepest condolences to his family and salute his many accomplishments during an exemplary public service career.  He will be sorely missed.

“I have personally known Rep. Hess for over 15 years,” said PHIA managing director Jason Wagner.  “He was a faithful public servant and was not only a strong advocate for the transportation industry, he was a devoted husband and father.  I was honored to have known him and call him my friend.  He will be sorely missed and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania truly lost a special person today.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time.”

PHIA will pass along more details regarding arrangements as they become available.