PennDOT lets $198 million in November

November 29, 2017

PennDOT let just over $198 million projects during the month of November according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).  With this letting, PennDOT has let just over $2 billion in project lettings to date.  At this same point last year, PennDOT bid a total of $2.346 billion in projects.  The official 2016 year-end total was $2.594 billion just shy of PennDOT’s $2.6 billion forecast. PennDOT anticipates a $2.4 billion letting program by year’s end.

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

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

November 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.


GOP tax bills also involve infrastructure

November 28, 2017

The always insightful Governing Magazine had an article this week observing that the Republican-sponsored tax bills before Congress are also infrastructure bills because they contain provisions that would impact the ability of states and localities to pay for public works improvements.

In addition to changing the way that highways are financed, the proposed plans include revisions to financing ports and airports, along with state programs related to electric vehicles and wind energy.

At the same time, some infrastructure advocates are disappointed that these provisions are part of a tax bill rather than a standalone infrastructure measure. They believe having separate measures, but considered together, would give a greater boost to improving the country’s infrastructure.

“From a PHIA perspective, we care less about how it’s done,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “We believe very strongly that the federal government needs to step up, both in terms of setting policy and in providing some funding to the states.”

To read the entire Governing article, click here.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 46

November 27, 2017

PennDOT pares list of structurally deficient bridges

As far back as the early years of the Gov. Ed Rendell administration, PennDOT District 12 Executive Joseph Szczur “knew we had a tidal wave of bad bridges coming our way.”

Sen. Rafferty, PennDOT Secretary Richards provide update on construction of new U.S. 422 bridge

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr., (R-44) joined PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards and various government officials at a November 17 news conference announcing the expedited delivery of a new and improved U.S. 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River, which spans West Norriton Township and Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County.

Pennsylvanians take to the road, rails and sky for holiday

Pennsylvanians are hitting the roads, rails and airports for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Pennsylvania Turnpike says more than 3.5 million cars and trucks will use the toll road during the six-day holiday period.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 45

November 20, 2017

End of I-70 interchange project planned in New Stanton

State and local officials will celebrate the completion of the New Stanton interchange project along Interstate 70 on Tuesday.

PennDOT discusses CSVT

During a public meeting attended by more than 300 people Wednesday evening at the Selinsgrove Area Middle School, representatives from PennDOT and Gannett Fleming explained the reasons behind selecting the Eastern Alternative from the three options proposed to avoid the fly-ash basins.

Northern section of Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway to open as soon as it’s finished: PennDOT

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says it is planning to open the northern section of the without waiting for the southern part to be completed.

P3 bridge project marks milestone with 350th completed bridge

A massive infrastructure program in Pennsylvania designed to rapidly replace 558 structurally deficient bridges across Pennsylvania marked a milestone Tuesday — the competition of its 350th bridge.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 44

November 14, 2017

Meet Mr. Bicycle, who’s helped fix thousands of bikes in Pennsylvania

Some 15 years ago, Ross Willard was volunteering with a food program in Harrisburg, Pa., when he started to notice children riding bicycles with brakes that didn’t work.

Pa. should follow this road map to an electrical vehicle future

Pennsylvania is in dire need of a regulatory roadmap to ensure that the state embraces a competitive marketplace that encourages innovation and customer choice.

Wolf won’t transfer money from transit trust

Gov. Tom Wolf won’t say what funds he will tap to fill a $300 million gap in the state budget, but his office said Thursday he won’t touch transportation funds.

Route 15 lanes reopen as building of Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway moves forward

All four lanes of state Route 15 in the Winfield area of Union County are scheduled to be open to traffic later this week now that a temporary bridge over the highway is completed.

PennDOT recommends CSVT alternative

PennDOT’s Montoursville-based Engineering District 3 has announced it is recommending the Eastern Alternative for realigning a portion of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project southern section to avoid the nearby fly ash waste basins. PennDOT will host a public meeting to present the reasons for recommending the Eastern Alternative and collect feedback from 6:30 PM to 9 PM on Wednesday November 15, at the Selinsgrove Middle School, 401 18th Street, Selinsgrove, PA.