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Condolences to family and friends of highway workers who died in work zone accident

April 19, 2024

PHIA and its members extend deepest condolences to the families and friends of the three highway workers who were killed in a work zone accident on I-83 between York and Harrisburg early Wednesday morning. The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the accident.

The workers were employees of CriLon Corp., of Somerset. They were identified as Jesse McKenzie, 24, of Somerset; Robert Hampe, 42, of Meyersdale; and Philson Hinebaugh III, 24, of Johnstown.

We urge drivers to remember to make safe choices behind the wheel as we begin another construction season.

 

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Progress in repairing bridges begins to flatten without new revenue

April 19, 2024

Despite the progress that was made in repairing and replacing Pennsylvania bridges following the passage of Act 89 in 2013, the Commonwealth finds itself listed as the second-worst state for the condition of its bridges with more than 3,000 in poor condition, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

A recent spate of accidents involving bridges – most notably Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge – have focused new attention on the bridge condition issue across the U.S.

Pennsylvania has 25,400 bridges, more than half of which are in “fair” condition and 13% are in “poor” condition, according to the Federal Highway Administration. PennDOT says the average bridge in the state is at least 50 years old.

On the bright side, the number of bridges in poor condition has dropped by 500 since 2019. Moreover, before Act 89, there were more than 6,000 in poor condition.

In any case, there are still many bridges to fix or replace, with resources diminishing due to increasing cost of materials, labor costs and shrinking revenue as vehicles become more fuel-efficient and the electric vehicle market grows. Policymakers will be challenged to identify new streams of revenue in the next few years.

For more details on the ARTBA report, follow this link.

 

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APC and PennDOT featured in Washington event

October 6, 2023

Replacement of Pittsburgh’s Fern Hollow Bridge and a portion of I-95 destroyed by a tanker fire in Philadelphia were the topics of a presentation to some 40 congressional staff members on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Deputy PennDOT Secretary Cheryl Moon-Sirianni was joined by APC members Andrew Swank and Rob Buckley. The Fern Hollow bridge, which collapsed in early 2022, was replaced in less than a year, while I-95 was reopened in less than two weeks this summer with a temporary fix.

The presentation focused on steps that PennDOT took to expedite the work, beginning with the declaration of an emergency and cooperation among the various participants. The event was sponsored by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, a national trade group.

 

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In Memoriam: Robert, “Bob”, Hetherington – Past PHIA Director

August 29, 2023

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of our friend and colleague, Bob Hetherington, who died on Saturday evening, August 26, at his home in Bethany Village, Mechanicsburg. He was 95.

It would not be enough to say that Bob had a productive and successful career. He had several of them – newsman, soldier, combat correspondent, public relations practitioner, government agency spokesman and, last but not least, managing director of the PA Highway Information Association, from which he retired in 1993.

He received accolades at every turn, particularly as his career steered him toward transportation issues. He was active in several charitable endeavors, and with his late wife, Terry, raised a family of four.

For information about services and more details of his life, please read his beautifully written obituary.