PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 16

April 16, 2024

Push to protect workers during Work Zone Awareness Week in Pa.

“Behind every barricade and detour are men and women risking their lives to improve our infrastructure,” Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Jessica Tobin said. “They are our brothers, sisters, and friends; they deserve our utmost respect and vigilance.”

The state of Pa. bridges

Pennsylvania’s bridges are second-worst nationwide with more than 3,000 in “poor” condition, per the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

New Pa. law would require hands-free cellphone use while driving

A bill making its way through Harrisburg is calling for no more handheld cellphone use while driving. Lawmakers want to stop crashes and tragedies that take lives. Currently, you can answer and talk on your phone as you drive, but with this bill, you can still talk on the phone while you drive but can’t be holding it.

Permanent fix of I-95 after collapse in Philly “about three-quarters of the way done”

Traffic on I-95 was shifted into the newly constructed outside lanes in November 2023. Since then, construction of the middle section of the highway has continued. Construction crews recently placed the concrete for the new back wall in the northbound lanes of I-95.

Norfolk Southern has agreed to $600 million settlement in 2023 East Palestine derailment

Norfolk Southern announced Tuesday it had reached a $600 million class action settlement in the February 2023 derailment of one of its freight trains in East Palestine, Ohio. The company did not admit to any liability, wrongdoing or fault in the settlement, which still needs to be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Pgh.-New York train expected to cost $8M annually to operate

Pennsylvania’s travelers and train enthusiasts celebrated last fall when Amtrak announced twice-a-day service from Pittsburgh to New York via Harrisburg. Expanding service, though, will require a hefty investment to upgrade infrastructure and millions more in operating costs every year.


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