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PennDOT November Lettings: $106 million

November 26, 2013

NEW_PENNDOTThe Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation (PennDOT) conducted a small letting in November with $105.9 million in projects during the month.  This brings the year-to-date total to $1.571 billion.  However, PennDOT is on pace to hit its initial 2013 letting program forecast which was $1.7 billion with another month to go.  To put in perspective, PennDOT finished the 2012 calendar year with $1.973 billion. Click HERE to view a chart of the PennDOT letting history since 1994.

The news, however, is positive with the PA General Assembly’s enactment of a comprehensive transportation funding bill now set to become law.  At the recent APC/PennDOT Fall Seminar, Deputy Secretary Scott Christie announced the Department’s 2014 letting target at a minimum of $1.5 billion.  Christie said that because the bill passed less than 24 hours before his presentation, the Department would be evaluating to what level they will increase the lettings in 2014.  It is expected that the 2014 lettings will hit close to $2 billion.  To view Dep. Sec. Christie’s presentation, click HERE.

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

*November 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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‘Out of the mud,’ once again

November 22, 2013

It will probably take several years to fully comprehend and appreciate it, but the events in Harrisburg regarding transportation this week will transform Pennsylvania and its residents, much like Gifford Pinchot’s road-building program transformed the Commonwealth in the 1930s by “getting the farmers out of the mud,” and like the Interstate Highway program transformed our nation in the 1960s.

By an overwhelming bipartisan majority in the Senate, and by a smaller bipartisan majority in the House, the General Assembly approved a comprehensive, multimodal funding package that will increase transportation investment by around $2.3 billion annually over the next five years. Governor Corbett said he will sign the measure next week.

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Gov. Corbett expected to formally sign the bill on Monday

Unlike during the previous decades, the new funding act provides for continuing increases in fuel tax and license and registration revenue, thus breaking – or at least mitigating – the cycle of governing by responding to crises every 10 years or so. In any event, Pennsylvania has never been on firmer financial footing in addressing its transportation needs, and that is precisely 180 degrees from where we were just a few days ago.

This week’s achievement was the product of several years of sustained effort on the part of the construction industry, the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition and a multitude of PHIA members. We received a major boost from the business community, both at the state and local levels. It was equal parts of sound policy, deal-making and luck. Read more

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PennDOT’s October Lettings: $256 million

November 4, 2013

NEW_PENNDOTThe Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation (PennDOT) let just over $256 million in projects during the month of October, largely bolstered by the final let of the I-95 project which alone was $211 million.  This brings the year-to-date total to $1.465 billion.  However, PennDOT is on pace to hit its initial 2013 letting program forecast which was $1.7 billion.  To put in perspective, PennDOT finished the 2012 calendar year with $1.973 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.

 *October 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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Four caucus leaders own success or failure of transportation bill

November 4, 2013

The General Assembly is in the second week of a two-week General Election recess, and as you probably know, negotiations on a transportation funding measure are continuing. Legislative leaders said they would take up the measure after they return the week of Nov. 11.

The construction industry and the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition are optimistic that an agreement will be reached, given the positive comments of leaders of the four legislative caucuses last week.

At the top of the list among issues that remain to be resolved is prevailing wage reform. The question is whether a reform measure would attract enough Republican votes to carry the funding measure in the House, then through concurrence with the Senate, or whether such a condition would lose most or all Democratic support.

Phasing out Act 44, which diverts Turnpike revenue to non-Turnpike transportation projects, and increasing license and registration fees also remain part of the discussion. Read more