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November 24, 2014

60minutesIt won’t come as news to those who follow PHIA, but it’s worth noting that the deterioration of America’s transportation infrastructure has come to the attention of CBS’ 60 Minutes.

Correspondent Steve Croft selected Pittsburgh and its bridges as a backdrop in a segment that aired on Sunday. He also traveled to Philadelphia to interview former Gov. Ed Rendell on what could have been a disaster with an Interstate 95 bridge, were it not for the quest for a sausage sandwich.

“Although Pennsylvania has earned a reputation for having considerable transportation system problems, we’re now better off than nearly any other state following the passage of Act 89 a year ago,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “That doesn’t mean our problem is solved, and the 60 Minutes segment pointed out that the lack of consensus at the federal level continues.”

The segment, along with two additional segments on the issue that were not aired, may be viewed here.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 1

November 24, 2014

How are Pennsylvania’s roads holding up?
In 2014, the American Society of Civil Engineers graded Pennsylvania’s infrastructure. It gave the state’s roads a D-. The ASCE considered a few factors when grading Pennsylvania’s roads, including roughness, capacity, and safety.

Highway funding fix should be Congress’ top 2015 priority: Nick Ivanoff and Robert Latham
As we close the door on the 2014 General Election, it was encouraging to hear both President Obama and congressional leaders express a willingness to seek common ground on issues that present the greatest opportunity for bipartisan cooperation.

Public comments sought on long-range transportation plans
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation invites the public to view and comment on a draft of the state’s Long Range Transportation Plan, which will help guide future 12-year programs and regional plans.

Gallons That Cost More Than Gas
Think gas is expensive? The U.S. is experiencing the lowest gas prices in four years, so we thought it would be fun to take a look at some things that are more expensive than gasoline when sold by the gallon.

Alternative Transportation Receives Federal Funding
An ambitious plan to redevelop the Civic Arena site in Downtown Pittsburgh has received a sizeable loan to help fund the included multimodal transportation efforts.

Shuster re-elected to head transportation committee
U.S. Rep Bill Shuster, R-Pa., was re-elected by the House of Republican Conference on Wednesday to continue as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the 114th session of Congress.

PennDOT unveils innovation mapping tool
PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch unveiled a new website that illustrates innovations that have been deployed on roads and bridges throughout the state.


Lettings Expected to Remain Strong in 2015

November 24, 2014

NEW_PENNDOTAt the annual meeting of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC), PennDOT presented a recap of the 2014 highway construction program and made a projections for 2015. With a little over a month to go, PennDOT is expected to let approximately $2.6 billion in highway projects. The department has already eclipsed $2.4 billion as of Nov. 24. PennDOT anticipates maintaining its strong project output as a result of Act 89. They foreceasted 2015’s lettings to total at least $2.4 billion. The number could be pushed higher with project put out for bid via the Commonwealth’s Public-Private Partnership Law. While these numbers are projections, PennDOT has routinely met or exceeding these number in past year. To view the full 2015 construction forecast click HERE.



PennDOT’s Strong October Puts Yearly Lettings Over $2.4 billion

November 3, 2014

NEW_PENNDOTAct 89 continues to push construction lettings to significantly higher levels compared to last year. PennDOT had another strong month with nearly $300 million in projects being put out on the street during the month of October. This now brings the year-to-date total to just over $2.4 billion. At this same point in 2013, PennDOT only bid $1.465 billion in lettings. At this pace, PennDOT will far exceed its initial 2014 estimate of $2.2 billion.

With the recent enactment of the transportation funding bill there is reason to see this trend continue in 2015. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT exceeding $2 billion in construction lettings in 2015. PennDOT finished 2013 with $1.6 billion in lettings. Read more