PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 8

February 23, 2021

PennDOT announces ‘major bridge P3 initiative’

As part of its study to explore sustainable transportation funding methods and completing critical projects, PennDOT today announced the bridges being considered for its PennDOT Pathways Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership (P3) Initiative, and the coming industry opportunities to participate.

Do you agree with PennDOT’s plans to add tolls on nine bridges across the state?


Editorial: The dollars and sense of toll bridges

PennDOT is planning to expand its network of toll roads with the Pathways Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership (P3) Initiative — a $1.6 billion to $2.2 billion investment in rehabilitation of up to nine Interstate bridges, announced in November.

DEP announces new funding to expand Pa.’s electric vehicle infrastructure

Efforts to expand Pennsylvania’s electric vehicle infrastructure are coming in the form of grant funding and new charging stations, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection confirmed Friday.

Biden discusses COVID relief and infrastructure with top labor leaders

President Joe Biden told 10 top union leaders on Wednesday that his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan and a separate measure to modernize U.S. infrastructure would boost the U.S. economy and create millions of good-paying jobs.

Pennsylvania State Police will escape legislative scrutiny in 2021 budget process

One of the nation’s largest statewide police forces, the Pennsylvania State Police, will not be subject to annual budget hearings, shielding the department from lawmakers who have used the forum in the past to question officials and hold them accountable.

State police should not be given pass in budget hearings

The Pennsylvania State Police is one of the largest police forces in the United States, with more than 4,200 troopers, 1,800 civilian employees and an annual budget of more than $1.4 billion. Yet as budget hearings got under way in Harrisburg this week, the House Appropriations Committee decided not to conduct a budget hearing for the agency.

Speed and you’ll get the picture

Motorists, beware. Those speed cameras at some work zones throughout the state that I warned you about last year are coming up on their first anniversary, and they are doing the job.


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