PennDOT lets nearly $176 million in projects this month

August 30, 2016

NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT let $175.9 million projects during the month of August according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC). With this letting, PennDOT has bid a total of $1.611 billion in 2016 to date. At this same point last year, PennDOT bid a total of $1.795 billion. The official 2015 year-end total was $2.594 billion just shy of PennDOT’s $2.6 billion forecast. PennDOT reported at the annual meeting of the APC that 2016 lettings are expected to be $2.4 billion.

With the 2013 enactment of the transportation funding bill (Act 89) there is reason to see increased lettings. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT exceeding the $2 billion construction lettings mark for years to come.

As in year’s past, PHIA will continue to track contract lettings on a monthly basis.

To view the full August letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

August Letting Report* (PDF)

*The report lists the total contracts awarded at each letting date, a comparison to the same period in the previous calendar year, and letting adjustments made since the previous month. PHIA staff will track PennDOT lettings throughout the year and provide monthly update.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 89

August 29, 2016

PDSITELOGO2Pennsylvania Wolf Administration Announces Investments to Improve 23 Airports

Twenty-three airports will make safety upgrades and expand operation opportunities with the assistance of $8.8 million in state investments, Governor Tom Wolf announced today.

“Maintaining and expanding opportunities in our transportation system includes the more than 400 airports in our state,” Governor Wolf said. “Hundreds of thousands of jobs are supported by aviation in Pennsylvania, and these investments will help them operate safely, expand to meet demands, or attract more growth.”

Study: Mon-Fayette Expressway, MLK busway projects would create more than 20,000 jobs

Rocky Moretti, the director of policy and research for TRIP, a national nonprofit transportation group in Washington, D.C., talks on Tuesday about the benefits of the Mon Fayette Expressway extension from Jefferson Hills to Monroeville and the East Busway extension from Swissvale to Turtle Creek during a news conference.

Long-Awaited U.S. Infrastructure Spending Comes to Fruition

America’s states and cities are finally seizing on record-low interest rates to finance needed work on roads, bridges and schools.

After borrowing costs tumbled worldwide as central banks sought to jump-start their economies, agencies from New York to California have sold about $272 billion of bonds this year and are funneling more into construction projects, instead of just paying off higher-cost debt. That’s put the municipal market on track to approach the record level of sales reached in 2010, when the federal government was seeking to hasten the nation’s recovery by footing some of the bills on debt issued for public works.

LVPC reviews letter to US Dept. of Transportation over proposed metro planning rule

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) Thursday reviewed nearly a dozen letters it plans on forwarding to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation as part of a 60-day public comment period ending Aug. 26 regarding the fed’s proposal of implementing a new east coast nine states mega-region metropolitan planning organization which will serve in part to determine the current and future allocation of federal transportation dollars to the Lehigh Valley.

Freedom Transit sees 3 percent increase in ridership during past year

On Wednesday, the concrete was drying around a newly installed bicycle rack at 50 E. Chestnut St., Washington.

Bikes may not have been an element of “intermodal transportation” officials envisioned when a proposal for the center formed more than seven years ago, but Sheila Gombita, executive director of the Washington County Transportation Authority, said, “People have asked where to chain a bike.”



TRIP unveils report at Pittsburgh event

August 25, 2016

20160823_111016_resized (002)Earlier this week, TRIP released a report in Pittsburgh showing the major role that the Mon-Fayette Expressway expansion would have on the economic development of the entire region.

TRIP is a national organization that conducts transportation research with sponsorship from many different industry groups.

The report, Extending the Mon-Fayette Expressway and Busway East (E/BEE)” Reducing Traffic Congestion, Enhancing Economic Vitality, Improving Public Safety, and Accommodating Desirable Development in the Mon Valley in the Pittsburgh Area, looks at the impact to the Mon Valley region of a 13-mile extension of the expressway as well as the Martin Luther King Jr. Busway East. The cost is estimated at $1.7 billion, but would drastically improve access and mobility to the area. Read more


PHIA News Digest – Vol. 88

August 22, 2016

PDSITELOGO2Local projects included in PennDOT’s plan

The first four years of the plan — 2017 to 2020 — are designated as the Transportation Improvement Program or TIP, Tarquino said. Projects ranked first in the report are funded under TIP. TIP is updated every two years and work ranked second and third move up on the list.

Who removes deer carcasses from the side of the road, and where do they end up?: AskPA

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be required to remove dead deer along state roads during general maintenance or as soon as they’re notified of one because of an amendment, introduced by Sen. Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County, to House Bill 898, according to his spokesperson Casey Long. It’ll go into effect next month but, until then, the department isn’t required to remove the carcasses within a certain time frame.

Fitch: US Transit Woes Will Continue Until Funding Is Clear

Maintenance problems that halted two of the US’s largest transit systems will likely spread to other systems unless funding needs are addressed and adequately managed, Fitch Ratings says, noting that long-term planning will help manage maintenance and capital requirements.

Possible transportation funding changes could hurt Lehigh Valley

However, the U.S. Department of Transportation wants to change the way transportation funds are allocated along the east coast.