PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 9

February 27, 2023

PennDOT’s electric vehicle grant program begins

More than $170 million in federal funding is available through this program to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain electric vehicle infrastructure sites across the state over the next five years. This is a reimbursement grant program with applicants required to provide a match of at least 20%.

PennDOT to begin repairing potholes in various counties

Lanes will be restricted in the areas that have deteriorating pavement so crews can make the repairs. Drivers are being advised to be alert and expect lane closures and changes in speed limit near work crews.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 8

February 21, 2023

How the federal government can help solve PA’s infrastructure problems

The Commonwealth’s infrastructure problems go back even further than that, having been a significant concern during my time representing Pennsylvania on the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure more than a decade ago. This lack of infrastructure progress is affecting Pennsylvania’s consumer welfare, economic growth, and job creation.

PennDOT District 11 executive named executive deputy secretary of PennDOT

Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, who replaced Dan Cessna in 2017, has been named the executive deputy secretary of PennDOT for the entire Commonwealth and she will take the position next week. This makes Moon-Sirianni the number two at PennDOT behind the transportation secretary.

Langerholc schedules public hearing

Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee, announced his intentions to conduct a fact-finding public hearing on hazardous materials transported by rail in the state. The committee will hold the hearing on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol, North Office Building, Hearing Room 1.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8. No. 7

February 14, 2023

Legislation would modernize management of public transportation systems

The measure would modernize the management of public transportation systems with a proposal the Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association supports. The proposal would include 13 measures to provide predictability in capital funding and increase local control in transit decisions.

Automated monitoring helps keep rail transportation project on track

The $54M design-build project—a collaboration of the Delaware Department of Transportation, PennDOT, Amtrak and SEPTA, includes construction of a new train station and parking center near the existing Amtrak rail line.




PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 6

February 6, 2023

PennDOT warns of letter over State College Area Connector

Pennsylvania’s transportation agency wagged its finger at one of the state’s top eminent domain attorneys, describing his letter to some property owners in the potential path of a major Centre County highway construction project as “intentionally misleading.”

Pa. highway survey announced by PennDOT

PennDOT has announced it is seeking the public’s input on traffic safety and driving practices through its online survey. The survey is on PennDOT’s website and is open through Feb. 28. All responses are anonymous and the survey should take around five minutes to complete.

Biden announces funding for major transportation projects

Continuing the progress implementing the Biden-Harris administration’s economic agenda, President Biden visited New York to announce funding for a critical early phase of the Hudson Tunnel project and Mega grants for other major infrastructure projects across the country.

CSVT removing traffic on Routes 15, 405

So far, CSVT is doing one of its jobs… A preliminary traffic study by PennDOT released Monday shows steady traffic reductions on Route 15 through Lewisburg and Route 405 into Northumberland.

Revenue Department releases January collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $222.2 million for the month, $2.1 million below estimate. Fiscal year-to-date collections for the fund – which include the commonly known gas and diesel taxes, as well as other license, fine and fee revenues – total $1.6 billion, which is $22.8 million, or 1.4 percent, above estimate.

USDOT announces $800 million in roadway safety projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced it will send more than $800 million to various cities and municipalities across the country to improve roadway safety. The announcement comes after new numbers show the traffic deaths in our country are still near record highs.

Construction of the “Twin Bridges” is underway

The I-84 Twin Bridges project near Dunmore, is PennDOT’s largest undertaking right now. This project includes the replacement of two mainline bridges, and the reconfiguration of one left-hand exit to make it more conventional with a right-hand exit.

Pgh. closes Oakland bridge to car traffic after failing safety analysis

The Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge in Oakland is being closed to vehicle traffic effective immediately. Walkers and bikers will not be affected. The City of Pittsburgh says a new analysis of the bridge makes it unsafe for traffic until repairs can be made. The project will take at least four months and cost $1 to $2 million.



Another Pittsburgh bridge deemed unsafe for traffic

February 2, 2023

Photo Used with Permission. Credit: Zoe Fuller / 90.5 WESA

The warm glow that we may have felt following the replacement of the collapsed Fern Hollow Bridge in under a year dissipated this week upon the news of the closing of the Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge in Oakland, effective immediately.

The bridge is on the western edge of Schenley Park and connects Squirrel Hill and Greenfield to Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh officials said a recent structural analysis of the bridge showed it is unsafe for traffic. Repairs will take at least four months and cost $1 to $2 million.

The good news is that the problems were discovered before a structural failure occurred. Mayor Ed Gainey attributed the timely discovery to safety systems that have been put in place in the last year.

The discovery also serves as a reminder that Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure is in poor condition. While there is optimism that funding solutions are around the corner, there is considerable work ahead to bring the condition of our bridges and highways up to an acceptable standard.

For a news article on the bridge’s closing, follow this link.