PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 27

July 1, 2024

Turnpike releases Fourth of July advisory

Pa. Turnpike officials predict more than 5 million vehicles will travel the roadway during the 10-day stretch before, during and after July 4. Extra State Police patrols will saturate the highway to ensure safe driving practices. Road construction on the turnpike will be suspended during the 10 days, to give drivers access to as many lanes as possible.

Securing funding for Pa.’s critical bridge improvements

According to the Federal Highway Administration, transportation agencies need $70.9 billion to overcome the current backlog of deficient bridges. This investment would be money well spent, as poor bridge conditions have major implications for traveler safety, mobility and economic activity.

Scranton may finally see the return of a passenger rail line to NYC

It’s been more than 50 years since passenger trains ferried travelers from Scranton to New York City, and many in northeast Pennsylvania had given up hope that a rail line would ever return. But funding from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law may finally bring back passenger trains to run between the Electric City and the Big Apple.


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