PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 23

June 11, 2018

Casey joins local airport fight

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., took up the cause of west-central Pennsylvania’s rural airports last week, calling on the U.S. Department of Trans­portation to keep funding flights in Altoona and Johnstown.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE THRUWAY PROJECT: ‘Everything here is big … and dirty’

Half a century after the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation conceived of a mid-state highway — and after many years when plans had to be halted due to lack of revenue — the $670 million Central Susquehanna Thruway is now fully-funded, and construction is well underway. The northern section is due to be completed by 2022.

Elaine Chao touts rural benefits of INFRA grants at DOT ceremony

The latest Infrastructure For Rebuilding America grants will increase mobility in both rural and urban areas, according to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Bucks County contracts more than $2.5 million bridge projects

The commissioners unanimously voted last month to approve a $2 million contract with Easton-based construction firm Bi-State Construction Co., Inc. to completely reconstruct Bucks County bridge #220, located on Mill Creek Road over Martins Creek in Falls. The county will provide the full funding for the project, then receive 80 percent back through PennDOT’s retro-reimbursement program, according to Bucks Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler.

PennDOT expects to have section of Route 30 reopened by end of June

PennDOT expects to have a section of Route 30 in East Pittsburgh reopened by the end of June. Gov. Tom Wolf said the collapsed section of the road should be back open by June 26.

Top 20: U.S. ports ranked on 2017 import volume

The Port of Philadelphia saw the largest increase in year-over-year import volume among the top U.S. ports. Driven in part by an expansion and the completion of the deepening of the Delaware River channel, the import volume into Philadelphia increased 21.9 percent in 2017.

New transportation management plan announced for I-76

Gov. Tom Wolf joined PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards to announce the start of a long-range, comprehensive, multimodal transportation management plan designed to enhance travel and safety along the Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) corridor between King of Prussia and Philadelphia.

PennDOT nets grant for I-99/I-80 interchange project

PennDOT has been awarded more than $35 million in federal funding to finally push forward the I-99/I-80 interchange project that’s been stalled for a decade.

Mount Joy Township woman pays $10,000 in unpaid turnpike tolls

A Mount Joy Township woman has reimbursed the Pennsylvania Turnpike over $10,000 in unpaid tolls and late fees for 1,645 trips during a five-year span, a prosecutor said. Lori Yearick, 45, still faces a court date next month on a theft of services charge, a third-degree felony that carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.


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