Friday, May 24, 2013
Drivers can expect roving patrols, safety checkpoints and special attention to seat belt compliance over Memorial Day Weekend.
PennDOT will partner with more than 600 law enforcement agencies and the Pennsylvania State Police to participate in a national “Click It or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement effort from May 20 through June 9. The effort will focus largely on nighttime enforcement, using traffic safety checkpoints and roving patrols. Police will also use Traffic Enforcement Zones, which combine roving patrol and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. According to PennDOT data, 503 people died last year in unbelted crashes, a decrease from 509 such fatalities in 2011. The total number of crashes in which people were not wearing seat belts also decreased to 15,528, compared with 16,298 in 2011. The majority of enforcement will …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
University's 145th commencement on Monday morning is expected to bring extra congestion through Route 412 construction zone.
PennDOT is warning motorists who use Route 412 in South Bethlehem and Hellertown to plan for “heavy traffic and delays” in the construction zone Monday because the Lehigh University commencement ceremony is expected to bring extra traffic. Lehigh’s 145th Commencement Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., rain or shine, at Goodman Stadium in the Mountaintop Campus. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation warns that traffic between Commerce Center Boulevard and Friedensville Road will be extra heavy between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. PennDOT is currently in the midst of a $36 million project to improve the corridor between Interstate 78 and South Bethlehem, including widening the road to five lanes. Currently, traffic through the construction …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting Tuesday in Town Hall to explain rehabilitation of Philip J. Fahy Bridge.
Sunday, April 21
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has scheduled a meeting at Town Hall Tuesday night to explain its plans to rehabilitate the Philip J. Fahy Bridge. The bridge’s pedestrian walkway has been closed since August 2011 when an inspection found deterioration in the supporting steel and the concrete slabs of the walkway. A few months after closing the pedestrian walkway, PennDOT installed Jersey barriers, narrowing a northbound lane of traffic, to provide a temporary walkway for pedestrians. The PennDOT project team will be meeting with city officials at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall to explain the details of the planned bridge rehabilitation. Following that, at 6:30, there will be a meeting to allow the public to meet the project…
Single lane of traffic from Daly Avenue to Hellertown in force beginning Monday until March 2014.
The length of the Route 412 construction zone will get longer today as PennDOT continues executing a $36 million plan to widen the road that connects Interstate 78 to Bethlehem. Where Route 412 still has two lanes in either direction—along the length of the project between Daly Avenue and Wagner Avenue in Hellertown—it will be cut down to one. These restrictions will be 24 hours a day and are expected to remain in place through March 2014, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation news release. The overall project targets the area between Daly Avenue and Cherry Lane in Hellertown and is expected to be completed in August 2015. The project also includes improvements to the Route 412 Interchange with Interstate 78. The …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Ran a red light? $100, please: PA proposal would add traffic fines for road repairs.
Saturday, April 20
By Melissa Daniels/Pa Independent HARRISBURG — The latest proposal to fund repairs to Pennsylvania’s aging roads and bridges could mean steeper costs for all drivers, especially those with a lead foot. Sen. John Rafferty, R-Montgomery, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, unveiled his proposal for $2.5 billion worth of transportation funding Tuesday. The plan uncaps the oil-franchise tax, which is paid on the wholesale price of gasoline, to raise about $1.6 billion, and brings in millions more by increasing Pennsylvania Department of Transportation fees and a new surcharge on top of traffic tickets. “If we want to be competitive and we want to move the state forward, we have to do something in the way of transportation funding…
Friday, April 19, 2013
Group of GOP lawmakers call for abolishing PA Turnpike citing scandal, redundancy.
Friday, April 19
By Melissa Daniels/Pa Independent HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania has two transportation agencies. One controls more than 40,000 miles of state roads and 25,000 bridges, and another maintains 545 miles of tolled highway. The former has seven executives, one for every 5,857 miles of roadway; the latter nine executives, one for every 60 miles of roadway. For a group of Republican lawmakers, this doesn’t add up, especially when one of those agencies was the subject of a 44-month long grand jury investigation over alleged bid-rigging. Standing alongside a dozen other GOP lawmakers, Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion, introduced legislation Wednesday to abolish the “corruption-infested” Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and fold the route’s operation …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
PennDOT says 'significant progress' has been made to shore up Nancy Run bridge abutment.
The Freemansburg Avenue bridge, which spans the Nancy Run, could be reopened in one or two days, PennDOT officials said Tuesday afternoon. A contractor hired to make emergency repairs has made “significant progress” toward shoring the bridge’s western abutment, which had been partially washed away by creek water, agency officials said through a news release. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ordered that the bridge be closed to all vehicular traffic at 7 p.m. Friday as a result of a bridge inspection that was completed earlier in the week. Freemansburg Avenue from Pembroke Road to Willow Park Road has been closed since then. That portion of Freemansburg Avenue typically carries more than 10,700 vehicles a day. On Tuesday, …
Friday, April 12, 2013
PennDOT orders immediate closure of bridge over Nancy Run because of a void under the bridge's western abutment. Time frame for repair is uncertain.
A portion of Freemansburg Avenue from Pembroke Road to Willow Park Road will be closed indefinitely until a bridge that spans the Nancy Run can be repaired, a PennDOT spokesman said. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was scheduled to close the road to vehicular traffic at 7 p.m. Friday, according to a news release. It is not known how long the road will stay closed, said Ron Young, a department spokesman. Motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid the area and seek alternative routes. An inspection of the Nancy Run bridge this week discovered scouring by stream water has undermined a portion of the bridge's western abutment, which means some of the ground supporting the abutment has been washed out, leaving a void, according to…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Removal of an 'overhead railroad structure' in South Bethlehem will mean extra lane restrictions and flagging for about a week.
PennDOT contractors will begin removing “an overhead railroad structure” on Thursday, which could mean traffic delays for any vehicles traveling along Route 412 in South Bethlehem during overnight hours for about a week. This small piece of the ongoing three-year, $35.9 million Route 412 widening project will mean lane restrictions and flagging from Shimersville Road to Emery Street and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. until April 10, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation news release. The lane restrictions will not be in place on Saturday night, PennDOT said. Also, on April 9 from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. there will be "brief traffic stoppages" associated with the structure's removal, the state agency added.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is proposing a multi-year transportation funding plan that would raise the oil company franchise tax and lower the flat gasoline tax.
Saturday, February 9
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania could finally see some serious improvements in roads and bridges, but only if lawmakers are willing to follow the governor’s plan to raise funds through a plan that might also boost gas prices. On the same day Gov. Tom Corbett introduced his 2013-2014 budget proposal, he announced a plan to generate more than $5 billion in transportation funding over five years, mostly from a change in the way gas taxes are levied. Under Corbett’s plan, funds would come from lowering the flat tax paid by consumers while increasing the tax gas stations pay on fuel. Related story: Corbett Budget: Pension 'Reform' Now, Big Costs Later Corbett and other administration officials maintain this wouldn’…