PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 42

October 25, 2021

Wolf administration ramps up efforts to recruit school bus drivers

As school districts struggle to get kids to and from class, the Wolf administration is stepping up efforts to address a bus driver shortage.

Fatalities in car accidents rise due to not using seat belts

Fatal vehicle accidents are at an uptick in the area, with state police in Hollidaysburg reporting a 20% increase in fatalities over the past three years.

Biden pushes infrastructure in Pa. as Democrats try to seal deal

With his economic agenda hanging in the balance, President Joe Biden visited the Pennsylvania city of his birth to push infrastructure and spending plans he said are needed to transform places like the former coal-mining town.

State highlights collaborative plan to pave roads with recycled plastic

Officials from the state departments of Transportation, Conservation and Natural Resources, Environmental Protection and General Services highlighted a pilot project to pave part of a Ridley Creek State Park roadway with an asphalt and recycled plastic mixture.

Construction firms, states fret as highway patch nears lapse

With less than two weeks before a short-term extension of federal transportation programs expires, and perhaps only months before the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money, state officials and industry representatives worry more costly and disruptive delays are on the way.

I-79 toll bridge: Petition created to urge PennDOT to reconsider

The debate continues over whether tolls will be implemented on a bridge carrying traffic on I-79 in Bridgeville. A petition has been launched and has been signed by more than 1,000 people as of Monday.

Surprises lurk beneath the surface for PA construction crews

The Commonwealth known for its foliage is also known for its challenging highway system, one that brings a unique set of challenges.


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