PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 17

April 26, 2021

State senator pushes PennDOT on plans for tolling bridges

A Pennsylvania state senator pushed PennDOT for answers on plans to toll nine bridges across the state during the Senate budget hearing.

Pa. Turnpike meeting expectations with toll-by-plate method

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says it’s on track with its expectations after initiating toll-by-plate 10 months ago. But E-ZPass is still the preferred method, and only about 15% of its customers use toll-by-plate.

Don’t Zoom and drive

Video conferencing has grown over the past year as more and more people started working from home. As things started opening up, you may have found yourself driving while on a Zoom call.

Citing increased litter, PennDOT and state police warn of penalties

Citing increased reports of rubbish on the sides of area roads, officials from the state police and state Department of Transportation met Friday at PennDOT’s district office in Dunmore to issue a warning to those who would toss their garbage out of the window: it could cost you time and money.

PennDOT speed enforcement leading to more tickets on I-79

PennDOT officials said they’ve issued more than 20,000 citations on one stretch of I-79 near the southern beltway project thanks to new technology that can catch more than one driver going too fast.

Traffic fatalities in 2020 second-lowest on record

While the number of traffic deaths increased in 2020 to 1,129 from a record low of 1,059 in 2019, last year was the second-lowest number of highway fatalities recorded, according to PennDOT.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 16

April 20, 2021

Gov. Wolf announces 43 multimodal projects

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that 43 highway, bridge, rail, and bike and pedestrian projects in 21 counties were selected for $45.9 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Houlahan: Infrastructure plan will bring good jobs to Chester County

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) on Friday called for robust infrastructure funding for her community and the Commonwealth of PA to be included in this year’s surface transportation spending package.

Southern Beltway close to opening

The first major highway to be added to the Pittsburgh driving landscape since the Parkway North opened in 1989 is just around the curve. Conceived in the 1980s and in the works since 1991, the Southern Beltway is just a few months from opening.

Pa. gets C-minus for infrastructure as Biden makes pitch

Pennsylvania’s 7,540 miles of highway roads are in poor condition. Florida has seen $100 billion in damages over the last decade from extreme weather events. There are 1 in 4 Idahoans with no access to broadband internet, and 1 in 2 living in areas with too-few licensed child care centers.

Pa. trucking torn between tax hike and smooth roads

A bipartisan congressional delegation was scheduled to travel up impeccably paved Pennsylvania Avenue from Capitol Hill to the White House Monday for the first official discussions on the Biden administration’s already controversial infrastructure plan.

Committee advances safe driving bill

The House Transportation Committee recently advanced legislation that would advocate for roadway safety and responsible driving practices.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 15

April 12, 2021

America’s infrastructure needs: Too big to solve?

The lesson is clear: Funding for roads and bridges historically has not been about roads and bridges. President Biden appears to be following this tradition. His $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan targets only about 6 percent to fixing our highway and bridge infrastructure, while “dedicated” funds in the Highway Trust Fund, funded by the federal gas tax, will not change.

PennDOT accepting unsolicited P-3 proposals

The PennDOT Office of Public-Private Partnerships announced that it is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through April 30.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 14

April 5, 2021

Real ID enforcement to begin Oct. 1 for air travel

If you are planning to fly on a commercial domestic flight or enter a federal building that requires acceptable identification after Oct. 1, you’ll need a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or photo ID card.

Hennessey probes PennDOT on services, regs suspended in pandemic

Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester/Montgomery), majority chairman of the House Transportation Committee, recently sent a letter to PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian, asking for an update on regulatory and enforcement matters at PennDOT that have been suspended, waived or modified during the COVID-19 emergency.

Pennsylvania commits $452.7M for road, bridge maintenance

PennDOT recently committed $452.7 million to municipalities to help maintain bridges and roads. Funding will be distributed under a formula based on a municipality’s population and miles of locally-owned roads. The COVID-19 pandemic reduced gas tax revenues, and this year’s allocation is approximately 7 percent less than the 2020 allocation.

Pennsylvania bill would reform Delaware River toll commission

A Pennsylvania bill on the move is intended to clear up inconsistencies in laws governing operation of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

Transportation experts eye cash influx with presidential plan

A recent PennDOT study shows a $15 billion need in infrastructure improvements. One major problem is the state has just short of $7 billion in its coffers.

State lawmakers call on Biden to fund Mon Valley transportation

Ahead of President Joe Biden’s visit to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, where he’s expected to detail his infrastructure and jobs plan, a group of Democratic lawmakers representing western Pennsylvania are urging him to remember the Mon Valley.

PennDOT to invest $240 million In region, much less than planned

District executive Cheryl Moon-Sirianni said despite a great list of projects, funding shortages have put them way behind on maintenance, and they’re applying Band-Aids where they can.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 13

March 29, 2021

Federal pandemic aid floated as solution for Pa. bridge repair

Bob Latham, executive vice president of Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, told the House Transportation Committee this week to award $1.3 billion in new contracts – referred to as “lettings” within the road construction industry – from the $7.3 billion allocated to the state via the American Rescue Plan.

Panel begins work on finding new ways to pay for transportation needs

Work has begun on finding new ways to raise more money for road and bridge projects and allow Pennsylvania to phase out its gas tax.

Pa. House panel vets PennDOT’s bridge tolling proposal

There’s little dispute over the need for Pennsylvania to find new ways of funding transportation projects but how to do it is where division ensues, including the proposed tolling of bridges to pay for their reconstruction.

PennDOT to commercial drivers: No more license, permit extensions after March 31

PennDOT said the most recent extension for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits ends March 31, and there are no plans to extend the expiration dates again.

Highway construction firms oppose PennDOT’s bridge toll plan

A prominent highway construction trade association on Wednesday came out against a state plan to toll up to nine major bridges around Pennsylvania in need of repairs as lawmakers move to block the plan, although Gov. Tom Wolf’s top transportation official disputed the trade association’s criticisms.

PennDOT to begin upgrade of I-95 interchange in Philadelphia

James J. Anderson Construction of Philadelphia is general contractor on the $31,245,910 project that is financed with 100 percent federal funds. The entire project is expected to be completed by late 2022.