PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 47

November 28, 2023

Pa. applies A.I. to the state’s aging highways and bridges

Pennsylvania is among the states where engineers are using artificial intelligence to build more resilient infrastructure projects for less money, writes Colbi Edmonds for The New York Times.

State lays out rules for EV charging station funding

PennDOT recently hosted six community engagement sessions across the Commonwealth and a virtual information session for prospective contractors interested in applying for the next round of National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, or NEVI, funding.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 46

November 20, 2023

PennDOT Secretary Carroll: Distracted driving issue ‘deserves our full attention’

Senate Bill 37 — known as Paul Miller’s Law — would enhance driver responsibility by prohibiting the use of hand-held cell phones or other communication devices while operating a motor vehicle on a Pennsylvania highway or trafficway. Drivers could still utilize a wireless communication device with Bluetooth or speakerphone.

Regional road projects, sadly, still on hold

Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Mike Carroll said during a visit to PennDOT District 9 headquarters in Hollidaysburg on Nov. 3 that the change regarding state police funding would allow more attention to maintaining secondary roads and upgrading PennDOT’s fleet.

New legislation could speed up road projects in Pa.

H.B. 1833 would allow the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Turnpike Commission to use Design Build Best Value as an alternative procurement process for infrastructure design and construction.

Travel expected to be among busiest ever for Thanksgiving

“AAA is expecting that we will see 55.4 million Americans traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” Jana Tidwell, manager of public and government affairs for Pennsylvania & Delaware for AAA Mid-Atlantic, said. “That is an increase of 2.3% over last year.”

Construction begins on Pa.’s first federally funded EV charging station

The new charging station is being installed at the Pilot Travel Center at 417 Route 315 in Pittston, as part of a collaboration with General Motors. The construction cost of $610,393 is supported by NEVI funds. Once completed, the station will have four charging ports, each capable of providing up to 350 kW of power. In addition to charging services, customers will have 24/7 access to restrooms, Wi-Fi, food, beverages and other convenience items.

Pa. state partners encourage safe driving this travel season

Nov. 13 is the start of Operation Safe Holiday, a statewide initiative to help keep Pennsylvanians safe on the road as they travel for the holidays, beginning with the Thanksgiving Enforcement Mobilization, running through Nov. 26.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 45

November 13, 2023

Spike in traffic fatalities puzzles lawmakers

People are driving fewer miles than they were in 2019, but more are dying on roadways. Traffic deaths spiked 18% from 2019 to 2022 — though miles traveled fell 3%, according to a Stateline analysis of federal records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

PennDOT opens Chamber of Commerce Beltway a year ahead of schedule

The project was originally proposed in 2007 by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and created a 1.1-mile long, four-lane extension of Route 424, also known as the “Hazleton Beltway,” from the Interstate 81/Exit 141 Interchange to Humboldt Industrial Park.

It’s not the end of road for section of abandoned PA Turnpike

An 8.5-mile abandoned section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike — with two tunnels that have for decades attracted a cult following for its post-apocalyptic feel and vast graffiti canvas — will be converted to a public bicycling and hiking trail.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol 8, No. 44

November 6, 2023

New section of I-95 in Northeast Philly set to open

Federal and state officials gathered along I-95 once again this year on Monday morning — at the site where the roadway collapsed in June — to tout the upcoming reopening of the highway as traffic is set to shift from temporary roadway onto new interstate highway.

GOP majority leader highlights bipartisan efforts in PA Senate

Regarding transportation infrastructure, as another example, Sen. Joe Pittman said a significant effort has been made on that front by moving $125 million out of the state police budget that comes out of the motor license fund and putting it into the general fund budget.

​Administration highlights improved roads, bridges in PennDOT District 9

PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll and PennDOT District 9 Acting District Executive Vince Greenland, P.E., discussed statewide transportation progress and highlighted this year’s active and completed projects in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties.

I-83 South Bridge project a step closer to beginning construction

On Wednesday, PennDOT hosted its I-83 South Bridge project’s environmental assessment public hearing in Swatara Township, Dauphin County as it awaits the assessment’s approval from the federal government.

Revenue Department releases October collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $240.2 million for the month, $1.9 million above 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 $1.1 billion, which is $4.2 million, or 0.4 percent, below estimate.