PHIA News Digest – Vol. 24

May 18, 2015

PDSITELOGOPennsylvania DOT co-hosts high friction surface treatment demonstration
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) highlighted the effectiveness of high friction surface treatments (HFST) in speedy application and improving friction qualities of pavements during a recent demonstration in North Cornwall Township. HFST involves using long lasting and water-resistant aggregates to increase tire “grip” on pavements to minimize slippage and improve stopping time in wet conditions. The goal also is to use fast-setting materials with these aggregates in creating the pavements so as to have a “minimal impact to the traveling public.”

Pennsylvania Is Making Its Roads Safer and Not In the Way You’d Think
The Keystone State is limiting accidents on wet pavement by increasing road friction.

Pennsylvania’s roadways are getting safer with the application of a pavement surface treatment designed to improve vehicles’ grip on roadways.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and State Transportation Innovation Council recently demonstrated the high-friction surface treatment, TyreGrip, which has already been applied in 42 “high-priority crash locations” statewide.

Senate OKs Leslie Richards as transportation chief
The state Senate unanimously voted Monday to confirm the nomination of the former Montgomery County commissioner as the head of the state transportation agency.

Pennsylvania Extends Alt-Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the continuation of the state’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program, which provides rebates of up to $2,000 to help Pennsylvanians buy alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs).

“Alternative energy options are central to making Pennsylvania’s environment beautiful and sustainable for years to come,” says acting DEP Secretary John Quigley. “We encourage everyone to consider these renewable and clean technologies.”

According to the DEP, the program was established under Act 178 of 2004 to help reduce Pennsylvania’s dependence on imported oil and to improve the environmental quality by using alternative fuels. The agency, which last extended the program at the end of December, will continue to offer rebates for a full range of AFVs.

Rendell as lobbyist urges U.S. Congress to pass long-term transportation bill
Former Gov. Ed Rendell says he has lost patience with the U.S. Congress for its inability to pass a long-term transportation funding bill since the previous one expired in 2012 and called members “ideologues or outright cowards” for not raising the federal gasoline tax since 1993.

Mr. Rendell spoke at a news conference Wednesday beneath the Liberty Bridge, Downtown, on behalf of The Associated General Contractors of America. It was part of a series of appearances to promote the group’s digital campaign, #DriveBetterRoads. He also is co-chairman of Building America’s Future, a lobbying group pushing for infrastructure improvements nationwide.

Lehigh Valley leaders to Congress: Fix our roads and bridges before it’s too late
On the surface, a group of the Lehigh Valley’s most influential leaders meeting in the parking lot of a hot dog shop to discuss billions of dollars in federal funding would appear to make very little sense.

But perhaps that’s fitting because they say the way Congress has been allowing Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges to fall into disrepair doesn’t make much sense either.

Standing in the parking lot of Yocco’s Hot Dogs on Route 100 in Fogelsville, Lehigh Valley planning and business leaders on Thursday urged Congress to pass a long-term transportation spending plan rather than a 33rd consecutive short-term Band-Aid they say will provide too little money and no vision for the future.


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