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  • Gov. Tom Wolf Proposes Phasing Out Pennsylvania's Gasoline Tax

    04/17/2021 2:13:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Construction Equipment Guide ^ | March 16, 2021 | Associated Press
    Amid a deepening stalemate over financing highways and public transit, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on March 12 proposed phasing out his state's gasoline tax, the second highest in the nation, and appointed a commission to recommend alternative ways to pay for the state's needs. Wolf ordered a panel of several dozen lawmakers, transportation industry representatives, transportation planners, government officials and others to deliver recommendations by Aug. 1 of funding alternatives to foot the extra billions of dollars deemed to be necessary. "Our economy, our communities and our future rely on a strong transportation system that supports our safety and growth,"...
  • Lamb leads bipartisan group pressing for $18 billion for state transportation agencies

    04/04/2021 3:20:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | April 1, 2021 | Daniel Moore
    WASHINGTON — A day after greeting President Joe Biden as he arrived near Pittsburgh to announce his infrastructure proposal, Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Mt. Lebanon, on Thursday led a bipartisan group of 46 other House lawmakers in pressing congressional leaders to dedicate another $18 billion in funding for state transportation agencies. The lawmakers cited data from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials that estimated state agencies will face a $28 billion budget shortfall by fiscal year 2024 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The spending bills passed by Congress in December allocated $10 billion, but the lawmakers called for...
  • Drivers speak out about proposed toll on bridge in Susquehanna County

    02/24/2021 4:00:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    MSN ^ | February 19, 2021 | Courtney Harrison
    The Great Bend-Hallstead exit (230) off Interstate 81 in Susquehanna County is due for repair in the next few years and PennDOT has proposed installing an electronic toll, that would use E-ZPass or pay-by-plate collection for drivers who pass through the area. The funds collected would be used to pay for the construction, maintenance, and operation of that bridge. We spoke with several people who use this section of highway about the proposed idea. "I guess to raise taxes to everybody is really hard, so I guess for the people using the road, then maybe that's a good idea," said...
  • PennDOT plans to toll major Pa. bridges, but truckers and lawmakers want to put on brakes

    01/25/2021 3:35:05 PM PST · by lightman · 21 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 25 January A.D. 2021 | Jan Murphy
    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is moving forward with its controversial plan to consider charging tolls — possibly $1 or $2 — on as many as 10 major bridges in the state. PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian told a Senate panel on Monday the list of potential bridge candidates to be tolled will be announced in mid-February. The bridges will be spread across the state and will only involve ones located on interstates. Once the list is finalized, the department is obligated to conduct public outreach for each of the bridge candidates. Special emphasis is being placed on identifying the economic...
  • Federal stimulus package won’t erase PennDOT’s funding gap or plans for new tolls or taxes

    12/31/2020 1:48:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Allentown Morning Call Adware Farm ^ | December 22, 2020 | Tom Shortell
    Congressional leaders passed a new stimulus package meant to alleviate the financial pain of the coronavirus, but it won’t cure all that ails PennDOT’s pocketbook. PennDOT press secretary Alexis Campbell said Monday afternoon it wasn’t clear if the relief plan will cover the $600 million funding gap plaguing PennDOT. Early media reports indicate that $10 billion of financial relief could be distributed to the 50 states’ highway systems, though it’s unclear how much would come Pennsylvania’s way. State Sen. Pat Browne, a Lehigh County Republican and longtime chairperson of the Appropriations Committee, said Tuesday that transportation-specific wording included in the...
  • Jeep Cherokee watching: Pa. to start automated speed enforcement in work zones

    01/01/2020 6:13:07 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 28, 2019 | Ed Blazina
    After years of concern about the number of traffic accidents that occur in road construction zones, Pennsylvania is doing something about it. Beginning Jan. 4, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike will begin a 60-day pilot program to formally test what’s called the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program. The program is designed to cause drivers to slow down in construction areas by setting up speed monitoring equipment in work areas. After the pilot program is finished, the two state agencies expect to deploy private contractors in white Jeep Cherokee SUVs at various sites throughout the state to...
  • PA Turnpike tolls go up 6% in 2020, but smaller increases expected beginning in 2023

    12/31/2019 4:45:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 29, 2019 | Ed Blazina
    Pennsylvania Turnpike users can expect 6% toll increases in 2020 and 2021 but then — if the state Legislature follows through with plans to change how the state funds public transit — the rate of annual increases gradually will go down to 3% in 2028. Nikolaus Grieshaber, the turnpike’s chief financial officer, outlined the agency’s financial future recently in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the 6% toll hike that begins Jan. 5. The increase marks the 12th year in a row that rates have gone up and will increase the fee for a car traveling the length of...
  • PennDOT P3 Project Will Address I-81 Improvements

    12/15/2019 7:53:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | December 10, 2019 | Transport Topics
    Leaders within the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have approved a public-private partnership to reconstruct a portion of Interstate 81. PennDOT’s P3 Board approved the project, which will involve the reconstruction of a 4.5-mile section of the route near Wilkes-Barre, on Dec. 4. Wilkes-Barre, the seat of Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania, is 20 miles southwest of Scranton. The project will involve widening a portion of I-81 to three lanes in both directions, realigning 2.5 miles of southbound interstate and replacing eight bridges. Other safety measures include eliminating a left-hand exit and improving a substandard weave distance between two routes that...
  • Audit discovers billions in PennDOT road and bridge funds transferred to state police

    05/24/2019 4:47:01 PM PDT · by lightman · 28 replies
    Equipment World's Better Roads ^ | 24 May A.D. 2019 | Kerry Clines
    When the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) was audited recently, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale discovered that more than $4.25 billion in Motor License Fund money that was supposed to go toward the repair, construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of roads and bridges had been transferred to the state police, beginning in the 2012-13 fiscal year, Transportation Today News reports. The General Assembly, reportedly, has not put a cap on the amount of money being transferred to the state police, having transferred $789.6 million during the 2017-18 fiscal year. “More than 2,800 state-maintained bridges across Pennsylvania are structurally deficient, and our bridges...
  • Auditor General: PennDOT audit finds over $4B diverted from repairing roads, bridges

    04/28/2019 6:51:03 AM PDT · by Twotone · 34 replies
    WJACTV.com ^ | April 25, 2019 | Travis Gary
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (WJAC) — A state audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has found that billions of dollars have been diverted over the years that could have been spent repairing roads and bridges. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the findings of his new audit Thursday, saying that PennDOT could be further along in repairing rough highways and fixing 2,829 structurally deficient bridges had it not been forced to pay state police. DePasquale said that the transfers from the Motor License Fund to state police totaled more than $4.2 billion since the 2012-2013 fiscal year. “More than 2,800 state-maintained bridges...
  • Here’s what led to the four-vehicle Interstate 99 crash Thursday

    11/14/2018 11:55:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Centre Daily Times ^ | August 3, 2018 | Jeremy Hartley
    State police have released details on a four-vehicle crash that tied up traffic Thursday morning on Interstate 99 in Patton Township. According to the report, officers responded to the crash shortly before 9 a.m. to the 71.5 mile marker within the construction zone along the interstate. Troopers reported that James E. Bentz, 60, of Tampa, Fla., was traveling north into the construction zone when he struck a car driven by Christian L. Lamana, 25, of Milroy. Bentz allegedly stated he had been traveling faster than the posted speed and didn’t see traffic moving slower in the construction zone, police said....
  • Highway worker's death should remind all of us to slow down

    05/02/2018 6:47:33 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Allentown Morning Call ^ | February 22, 2018 | Paul Muschick
    The next time you drive through a highway work zone, or past an accident scene or a disabled vehicle, think about Robert Gensimore. A highway foreman for PennDOT, he was struck by a car and killed last week while setting up flares to warn motorists about an accident on Interstate 99 near Altoona. Gensimore was 45. His funeral is this morning. He was like many of us. Married, two kids, star high-school athlete, active in his community as a volunteer firefighter. He was just doing his job when he died. About 90 PennDOT workers have been killed on the job...
  • State Legislature pushes automated safety vehicles at PennDOT, turnpike maintenance sites

    03/19/2018 3:03:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 18, 2018 | Ed Blazina
    It sounds like an oxymoron, but the state Legislature is taking action to help reduce the risk in one of the more dangerous jobs in road maintenance: driving the safety truck. The trucks are fitted with a warning arrow and a crash barrier on the rear. They are driven slowly to provide protection behind crews cutting grass and painting lines. About once a month, one of these truck drivers is injured when a motorist strikes the vehicle. To address that situation and others, the state House passed a bill last week to allow autonomous versions of the vehicle, known as...
  • I-95 Redesignated as I-295 in Mercer County Starting in 2018

    01/14/2018 1:06:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Construction Equipment Guide ^ | January 8, 2018 | CEG
    New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials have announced the section of what is now I-95 in New Jersey from the Scudder Falls Bridge over the Delaware River to the Route 1 Interchange in Mercer County will be redesignated as I-295 in early 2018.This change is part of a larger project in which a new interchange is being constructed to connect I-95 to I-276/Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bristol Township, Pa. The Pennsylvania Turnpike connects to the New Jersey Turnpike at Interchange 6 via the New Jersey Turnpike Pearl Harbor Memorial Turnpike Extension in Florence, N.J. When the new I-95/Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange...
  • PennDOT to remove 'plug welds' from 13 bridges to avoid potentially dangerous condition

    01/14/2018 8:11:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 7, 2018 | Ed Blazina
    A crack that closed the Delaware River Bridge between Philadelphia and New Jersey last January has prompted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to plan repairs to 13 other bridges across the state. The crack in welding material, which created a 2-inch gap in a major truss, was so serious that officials thought they might have to permanently close the span owned by the Pennsylvania and New Jersey turnpikes. As a result of that problem, PennDOT looked for similar issues in other bridges; the repairs will involve drilling out areas where welding occurred to fill improperly drilled holes, called plug welding,...
  • ‘It Undermines Integrity Of Elections’: Glitch Allows Non-U.S. Citizens In Pa. To Vote

    09/22/2017 2:54:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    CBS - Philly ^ | 09-22-2017 | By Pat Loeb
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt says a glitch in the state’s “motor-voter” process has allowed non-U.S. citizens to register to vote, even though he thinks they did so accidentally. The glitch has had no impact on elections, as the number of people mistakenly registered was small, but Schmidt thinks that statewide there could be many more and he wants the state to review registrations. He also wants it to cross check all active voter registration records against all current PennDOT records containing INS Indicators. Secretary of State Pedro Cortes issued a statement saying PennDOT is changing its...
  • PA's first diverging diamond interchange finished

    09/16/2017 1:04:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | August 24, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced the completion of the state's first-ever diverging diamond interchange (DDI), located on Interstate 70, according to Equipment World. The DDI design eliminates left turns across oncoming traffic, improving vehicle flow and decreasing the chance of accidents. The agency also chose the DDI configuration because it could use the former interchange's cloverleaf footprint, reducing the impact of construction on the area. PennDOT said it modified the traditional DDI design slightly. Dive Insight: Design is one way transportation agencies are combating gridlock resulting from increased traffic. Other tools in DOT arsenals are...
  • From Rust to Robots: How the Midwest Could Become a Hub for Advanced Transportation

    01/27/2017 7:40:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | January 26, 2017 | Pete Bigelow
    A new collection of transportation agencies and universities is taking one small step toward transforming the Rust Belt into a place associated with the future instead of the past. Eleven agencies and institutions located in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have formed the Smart Belt Coalition, which will spur joint efforts on the testing and deployment of autonomous and connected cars. The collaboration comes on the heels of a legislative overhaul of Michigan regulations last month, which have been relaxed to spur the testing of self-driving technology on the state’s public roads. Ohio and Pennsylvania do not have laws on the...
  • PennDOT clears plethora of political signs from roadways, courting controversy

    10/30/2016 4:02:32 PM PDT · by lightman · 12 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | October 29, A.D. 2016 | John Luciew
    On Thursday all along major highways, midstate motorists might have witnessed PennDOT workers taking on a different task: Crews were instructed to remove the plethora of political signs that have popped up along major highways, including Interstate 81 and routes 11-15, 22-322 and Linglestown Road. This wasn't PennDOT turning partisan, however. The transportation agency says it was just doing its job to keep major highways clear of possible crash-causing distractions and sight obstructions. PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny confirmed his district's political sign-clearing operation conducted in Dauphin and Cumberland counties all day Thursday. But he could not say how many PennDOT...
  • Ludicrous legislation takes toll on Pennsylvania Turnpike

    08/20/2016 7:49:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 7, 2016 | Eric Heyl
    Slam on the brakes. That's what state lawmakers want to do to increasingly frequent instances of motorists skirting payment of Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls. The problem wouldn't be nearly as prevalent had many of those same legislators years ago taken a detour around the lame-brain idea that directly resulted in turnpike travel becoming significantly more costly. How costly? Pretty soon only Saudi Arabian sheiks will be able to afford the outrageous tolls, though those guys probably prefer to fly their personal planes from Pittsburgh to Breezewood. Those lacking private jet transportation sidestep the tolls in renegade fashion. They fly through toll...