PHIA News Digest – Vol. 33

July 20, 2015

PDSITELOGO2Federal Agencies Name Pennsylvania National Transportation Planning Excellence Award Winner
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today jointly announced the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) as one of this year’s eight Transportation Planning Excellence Award (TPEA) recipients.

“Building a world-class transportation system doesn’t happen overnight, and never by accident,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These awards recognize the critical role planning plays in meeting America’s future transportation challenges.”

Cameras, radars and bans: Committee weighs safe driving proposals for Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania drivers may have a lot more restrictions on how they drive in the future as the Pennsylvania General Assembly considers legislation that aims to increase safety on the state’s roadways.

The Pa. House and Senate Transportation Committees met Tuesday for a joint hearing on a handful of proposed legislation that would directly impact drivers. Those proposals include banning handheld devices while driving, allowing local cops to use radar and installing cameras in workzone areas.

State reviews options for slowing work-zone traffic
Lead-footed drivers might want to flash a smile for the cameras as they cruise through work zones if the state follows through on plans to crack down on speeders.

Supporters say speed enforcement cameras are needed to protect highway workers and free up troopers to do things other than babysit construction sites.

PennDOT, Partners Host National, State Workers Memorials Honoring Fallen Employees
Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike today joined the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC), and Flagger Force to honor lives lost in work zones across the country as the National Work Zone Memorial makes three stops in Pennsylvania.

Unveiled in April 2002, the American Traffic Safety Services Foundation’s National Work Zone Memorial and its “Respect and Remembrance: Reflections of Life on the Road” program is a living tribute to the memory of lives lost in work zones. The memorial is updated each year and travels to communities cross-country, year-round to raise public awareness of the need to respect and stay safe in America’s roadway work zones.

Slow Down: Bill would use cameras to nab speeders in highway work zones
Contractor Mike Hawbaker knows first-hand the kind of danger his crew faces when paving roads in work zones as cars and trucks whiz by.

One of his foremen was thrown 150 feet when a vehicle plowed into a work zone on Route 6 in Bradford County. She suffered a broken hip and fractured legs and has undergone 21 surgeries since the accident happened 21/2 years ago.

That’s why Hawbaker is supporting legislation that would place speed cameras in active work zones on the Turnpike and interstates in Pennsylvania for a five-year trial period.

Studies Continue Into 70 MPH Speed Limit Possibility In Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania motorists who gravitate toward the left lane may have to wait a bit longer to learn whether state policymakers consider it safe to increase interstate speed limits to 70 mph.

A Penn State study of crash and speed data in pilot areas where the higher speeds have been in place for about year found no significant overall increases in speeds for either cars or trucks, and that the percentage of vehicles going faster than the posted limit actually deceased by about a third.


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