PHIA News Digest – Vol. 44

October 5, 2015

PDSITELOGO2PennDOT seeks public input on bridge projects
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking public input about plans to rehabilitate the two bridges carrying northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 79 over the Conneaut Swamp in Greenwood Township, Crawford County.

10-county regional transportation alliance to form in Western Pa.
The Allegheny Conference on Community Development will announce an initiative Wednesday to address such an approach when it introduces the Regional Transportation Alliance of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The new public-private group that includes 10 counties in the region will begin an effort to develop a regional transportation plan.

About 600 groups and organizations will be asked for input during the process, Fitzgerald said.

New exhibit celebrates Pennsylvania Turnpike, America’s ‘first superhighway’
It was called “a dream highway,” the “first superhighway” and “the first American highway that’s better than the American car.”

When the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 1940, America had never seen anything like it, said Curt Miner, senior history curator at The State Museum of Pennsylvania and project director of a new exhibit opening there about the turnpike.

PennDOT accepting applications for Multimodal grant funding
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin accepting funding transportation improvement project applications on Saturday under the Multimodal Transportation Fund, basing selections on such criteria as job creation, energy efficiency, feasibility and sustainability.

“When we were developing Act 89 of 2013, the state’s historic transportation funding bill, we recognized the importance and need of promoting multimodal investments,” Sen. John Rafferty (R-44), chairman of the state Senate Transportation Committee, said. “The Multimodal Transportation Fund is an innovative, sustainable funding alternative to improve transit, aviation, rail freight, bicycle and pedestrian alternatives and other transportation-related projects in this commonwealth.”


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