PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 44

November 8, 2021

Infrastructure bill: Here’s what’s in it

Congress passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package Friday, approving a signature part of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. It will deliver $550 billion of new federal investments in America’s infrastructure over five years, touching everything from bridges and roads to the nation’s broadband, water and energy systems.

Philadelphia-area transit workers ratify 2-year pact

Members of the Philadelphia area’s largest transit workers union have ratified a new two-year contract that averted a potential walkout.

Pa. governor awards $9.5 million to clean transportation

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced this week that he was awarding $9.5 million for clean transportation technologies such as hydrogen fuel, as well as to boost air quality and reduce diesel emissions.

Comments sought on PennDOT bridge project, tolling

PennDOT is hosting an on-demand virtual public meeting for the I-80 Canoe Creek Bridges Project from noon on Nov. 1 to Dec. 1. The meeting can be accessed online by visiting www.penndot.gov/i80CanoeCreek.

Pa. Senate endorses truck weigh system bill

Progress continues to be made at the Pennsylvania statehouse to adopt a truck weigh station bypass system. A separate bill also covers truck weights.

The future of transportation in Pa. demands many solutions

Transportation is the backbone of our economy and the cornerstone of our quality of life. The movement of goods and services on our roads and highways is a necessity, just as is the ability to commute for work, to access health care, to enjoy leisure activities and to visit with family.

I-80 Canoe Creek Bridge project receives criticism

Thompson is arguing that PennDOT is trying to “steamroll” the public comment process for four bridge toll proposals along I-80, including the Canoe Creek bridges. He also alleges that PennDOT has shared few details to elected officials. Additionally, elected officials have not been given “adequate time to ask meaningful questions about their flawed proposals.”

Pa. ranked one of the worst states for winter driving

According to PennDOT, 51 fatal crashes happened in snow, sleet, slush, freezing rain or on icy roads last year.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 43

November 1, 2021

SEPTA workers reach contract days before deadline

Members of Philadelphia’s largest transit workers’ union reached a tentative contract agreement early Friday, averting a possible strike that threatened to bring elevated trains, buses and trolleys to a halt and leave thousands of children and educators without a way to get to school Monday.

Penn Twp. Turnpike interchange to become a reality

Penn Township will be getting a Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange as the commission overseeing the highway has been relieved of a multi-million-dollar annual obligation to PennDOT, officials announced Thursday.

Gov. Wolf highlights infrastructure investments during Philaport tour

Gov. Tom Wolf joined U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh to tour The Port of Philadelphia (Philaport) to highlight the Wolf administration’s significant investments and job creation opportunities.

Records show 500,000 violations from work zone speed cameras

Records show more than a half-million speeding violations have been issued at Pennsylvania construction zones since the state began using work zone speed cameras last year. In the nine months that the cameras operated last year, they recorded more than 219,000 violations statewide and $1.7 million in fines.

Berks lawmaker wants to restore turnpike tollbooth jobs

State Rep. Manny Guzman, a Reading Democrat, said Wednesday that he plans to introduce legislation that would restore in-person tollbooth jobs on the turnpike during peak travel times.

PennDOT seeking input on Lenhartsville bridge project

PennDOT has begun accepting public comment regarding its plan to replace Interstate 78’s Lenhartsville bridge in Berks County, a project that would be paid for by tolling motorists who traverse the span.

Petition to stop PennDOT from submitting approximately 3,000 signatures on Bridgeville Interstate 79

An online petition to suspend toll proposals on Interstate 79 is gaining momentum with nearly 3,000 signatures. According to PennDOT, the proposal will add tolls to the Bridgeville interchange in South Fayette Township.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 42

October 25, 2021

Wolf administration ramps up efforts to recruit school bus drivers

As school districts struggle to get kids to and from class, the Wolf administration is stepping up efforts to address a bus driver shortage.

Fatalities in car accidents rise due to not using seat belts

Fatal vehicle accidents are at an uptick in the area, with state police in Hollidaysburg reporting a 20% increase in fatalities over the past three years.

Biden pushes infrastructure in Pa. as Democrats try to seal deal

With his economic agenda hanging in the balance, President Joe Biden visited the Pennsylvania city of his birth to push infrastructure and spending plans he said are needed to transform places like the former coal-mining town.

State highlights collaborative plan to pave roads with recycled plastic

Officials from the state departments of Transportation, Conservation and Natural Resources, Environmental Protection and General Services highlighted a pilot project to pave part of a Ridley Creek State Park roadway with an asphalt and recycled plastic mixture.

Construction firms, states fret as highway patch nears lapse

With less than two weeks before a short-term extension of federal transportation programs expires, and perhaps only months before the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money, state officials and industry representatives worry more costly and disruptive delays are on the way.

I-79 toll bridge: Petition created to urge PennDOT to reconsider

The debate continues over whether tolls will be implemented on a bridge carrying traffic on I-79 in Bridgeville. A change.org petition has been launched and has been signed by more than 1,000 people as of Monday.

Surprises lurk beneath the surface for PA construction crews

The Commonwealth known for its foliage is also known for its challenging highway system, one that brings a unique set of challenges.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 41

October 18, 2021

Carmakers shift up a gear in race to go electric

With electric car sales soaring and regulations increasingly favoring zero-emission vehicles, a flurry of announcements on Monday showed how the global auto industry has kicked into a higher gear as it races to speed past the fossil-fuel car era.

New 13 mile section of Pennsylvania Turnpike opens, tolls in place

The Southern Beltway (also known as PA Turnpike 576) opened on Friday.

Two senior House Democrats to retire

Two long-serving House Democrats, Reps. David Price (N.C.) and Mike Doyle (Pa.), announced Monday that they won’t seek reelection next year.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 40

October 12, 2021

Pa.’s highways, by the numbers

Which of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties boasts the most and the least linear highway miles?

PennDOT window open for unsolicited private-sector proposals

PennDOT’s Office of Public-Private Partnerships announced Thursday it is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through October 31.

Dozens attend Southern Beltway Community Day event

A larger than expected crowd showed up on bicycles, rollerblades, on foot, and even unicycles to explore the newly constructed highway at the Southern Beltway Community event Saturday. The 13-mile highway connects Route 22 with Interstate 79 along the Allegheny-Washington County line near the Pittsburgh International Airport.

PennDOT announces official completion of Potters Mills Gap project

PennDOT has announced the official completion of the Route 322/Potters Mills Gap project near the village of Potters Mills. The completed project alleviates congestion and allows traffic to move more safely and efficiently from the Centre/Mifflin County line to Potters Mills.

New bill aims to curb unpaid tolls on Turnpike

New legislation aims to collect more unpaid tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The new bill would lower the threshold needed to trigger a vehicle registration suspension from six violations to four and also the amount of fees owed by drivers.