PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 30

July 25, 2022

Engineering programs tackling crucial infrastructure issues

Two Swanson School of Engineering programs that aim to foster University research on such transportation projects as the soundness of bridges, road safety and landslide prevention are now under the direction of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation veteran Joseph J. Szczur.

PennDOT’s funding plans propose road user fees, package tax

The next plan for viable long-term funding to support Pennsylvania’s highways and bridges may be twofold: a tax on delivered goods and a road use fee on traditional and electric vehicles.

Forced out due to eminent domain, business owners want more money from PennDOT

The state is taking properties through eminent domain in order to make way for the ongoing I-83 expansion project in Dauphin County. But some business owners aren’t happy with the amount they’re being paid to move and also want the money up front.

Unpaid Pa. Turnpike tolls rise nearly 48% to $155 million

The amount of uncollected Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls went up dramatically in the past year — nearly 48% — but the agency says that’s because tolls and driving have increased, not because a higher percentage of drivers have become scofflaws.

Average gas price in western Pa. falls to about $4.73 per gallon

Gas prices are falling across Pennsylvania, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.


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