PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 9

February 26, 2019

Proposed state police fee would hit some municipalities hard

As a leader of a municipality that hasn’t had — or paid for — a police department in 15 years, Plymouth Twp. Supervisor Gail Conrad is open to a proposal to charge a per-resident fee for state police coverage.

Transportation projects ongoing throughout Cambria, Somerset counties

Improving the safety of existing roadways, using creative solutions to repair structurally deficient bridges and advocating for the connection of the area’s major highways with others makes transportation an ongoing theme in Cambria and Somerset counties.

Almost 40 SEPTA projects stalled over Pa. Turnpike lawsuit

SEPTA officials put almost 40 improvement projects on hold this month as it awaits the outcome of a lawsuit that could slash a third of its capital budget by this summer.

Pa. taxpayers continue funding state troopers in towns without cops after years of capitol debate

State lawmakers have been talking for years about changing that, but still can’t seem to agree on a way to do it. And the pressure has been building as the state has been tapering off diversions to the Pennsylvania State Police from the commonwealth’s Motor License Fund, which is intended to fund infrastructure repair and maintenance.

Senator calls on State Police to get creative with fee-based funding approach

Officials from the Pennsylvania State Police say their personnel and equipment budgets will be in jeopardy if the municipalities they police full-time don’t help them foot the bill.

Five Pennsylvania locations top nation’s worst bottlenecks

Five Pennsylvania locations made the American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) top 100 most congested bottlenecks for trucks in the United States. The locations are I-76 at I-676 in Philadelphia, I-81 at I-83 in Harrisburg, I-476 at I-95 in Philadelphia, I-76 at I-476 in Philadelphia and Route 581 at I-83 in Harrisburg.


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