PHIA News Digest – Vol. 37

August 17, 2015

PDSITELOGO23-month Route 11/15 closure in 2016: Officials want public meeting
PennDOT should hold a public meeting on next summer’s planned three-month closure of Route 11/15 south of Marysville, state Sen. Rob Teplitz and some local officials and business owners believe.

The closure is needed for the work on the rock slope along a narrow section of Route 11/15, PennDOT maintains. This summer, PennDOT has kept 11/15 open during rock slope work near Duncannon.

PennDOT sets $7.2M project to resurface 17 miles of state highway in Delco
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Tuesday that construction is beginning this week on a $7.2 million project to repair and resurface 17 miles of state highway in Delaware County.

Under this project, financed by the Act 89 Pennsylvania transportation plan, PennDOT’s contractor will improve travel conditions on eight state highways in Delaware County by removing the deteriorated pavement and placing a new asphalt surface on each roadway.

More papal visit transit passes on sale Wednesday via lottery
A one-day online lottery starts at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for special transit passes required for the weekend of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia.

John Caperilla: Congress leaves for summer vacation without a plan to fix our roads
With the highest number of structurally deficient bridges in the country, Pennsylvania won’t be getting much help from the federal government, based on the latest congressional inaction.

It’s absolutely frustrating that our elected leaders continue to kick the can down the road with short-term extensions and see no urgent need to address this issue.

Booking transit rides in seconds with FindMyRidePA
A new program makes it easier for people to find a route from point A to point B in South-Central Pennsylvania, including Franklin County.

FindMyRidePA is an online and mobile friendly program that allows users to find detailed routes for riding, walking and other public transportation services.

PennDOT urges caution on the roads as new school year begins
As the new school year approaches, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) urges motorists to be vigilant in avoiding potential tragic crashes and strong penalties as school buses return to the roads.

Motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended are required to stop in all directions at least 10 feet from the bus. The only exception to the law is when a school bus is stopped on the opposite side of a highway clearly separated by a divider, such as concrete barriers or grass medians. Even in this situation, motorists should remain watchful of students trying to cross the road to catch the bus.

Inspecting inspectors: What happens when Pa. vehicle inspection stations make mistakes or break the rules
The inspection experience is one that Pennsylvania drivers know well. Most vehicles registered in Pennsylvania need to pass a safety test once a year. PennDOT says the goal is to prevent vehicle failure on the road and crashes that could result in injuries or death.

No progress on regional transportation study
A study on regionalizing transportation in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties started with a meeting in April and promptly stopped when state and local officials weren’t on the same page about the focus of the analysis.

The state Department of Transportation and consultants from VantagePoint Associates came to discuss combining the region’s transportation agencies into a single regional authority and consolidating manpower, operations, facilities and fleets.


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