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(State highway officials unveil a new speed limit sign along the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Harrisburg.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

More 70 MPH Speed Limits Coming in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Turnpike officials say the entire toll road system, including the sections that roll through urban areas, may get a speed limit boost to 70 mph next year.

07/23/2014

(Gov. Tom Corbett, far left, poses for photo with Penndot secretary Barry Schoch, at lectern.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Officials Showcase Highway Projects Benefitting From Funding Bill

Penndot officials say In some cases motorists may not see actual construction, but contracts will be bid this year because of the funding influx.

04/03/2014

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Pa. Senate Panel Probes Turnpike Accident, Other Winter Road Problems

A state Senate committee this morning will convene a hearing into last month’s massive chain-reaction accidents on the turnpike and other road emergencies caused by this winter’s wicked weather.

03/11/2014

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PennDOT: Keeping Speed Restrictions In Place Would Not Have Prevented Turnpike Pileup Crash

Pennsylvania’s transportation secretary says keeping speed restrictions in place would not have prevented the series of pile-ups that paralyzed the turnpike on Valentine’s Day.

02/26/2014

Barry Schoch meets w/ reporters (Credit: Tony Romeo)

The Bar Is High For New PA 70 Mph Speed Limit

The newly minted transportation law allows PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch, after required safety studies, to raise the maximum speed limit.

12/09/2013

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Bridge Restrictions To Linger Despite New State Money

It could be awhile before weight restrictions on Pennsylvania bridges are eased.

12/08/2013

Tolls on the PA Turnpike

PA Turnpike Toll Hike Relief Still A While Off

The new transportation funding law enacted last month addresses the problem of mounting debt at the Pennsylvania Turnpike

12/08/2013

(2012 file photo, provided by Penndot)

Critical Week For PA Transportation Money

Once again, transportation funding is teed up for a vote in what’s billed as a make-or-break week in the Pennsylvania House.

11/18/2013

(A Penndot worker in Harrisburg makes signs indicating bridge speed restrictions.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

PennDOT To Lower Weight Limits on 1,000 Bridges Statewide

Penndot secretary Barry Schoch emphasizes this move does not mean the bridges are unsafe.

08/22/2013

Gov Corbett with supporters at event promoting liquor privatization last week Credit: Tony Romeo

Big Issues, Little Time Left For PA Lawmakers

With two weeks to go before scheduled summer recess, state lawmakers face an imposing agenda that includes a new budget and several major pieces of legislation, including liquor privatization and transportation funding.

06/17/2013

(file photo traffic is completely stopped on the westbound lanes of I-76 because of a truck accident near Conshohocken)

PennDOT Mulls Over Schuylkill Toll Road

Putting an upper deck on the Schuylkill Expressway isn’t a far-fetched idea

02/18/2013

(Pennsylvania auditor general Jack Wagner testifies before a joint hearing of the Pa. House and Senate transportation committees.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Turnpike May — Or May Not — Be Headed For Financial Calamity, Lawmakers Told

“The turnpike, quite frankly, isn’t going to survive if this continues,” Pennsylvania auditor general Jack Wagner told legislators.

09/25/2012

(A demonstration of a Penndot "tow-plow," a truck which operates a second plow in an adjacent lane while pulling tanks of salt brine behind.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

PennDOT Warns Area Drivers of ”Tow-Plows” Coming This Winter

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says it will deploy the double-lane plows on highways in Montgomery County this year, and the turnpike will use them along the entire east-west line.

11/22/2011

(Gov. Tom Corbett.  File photo: AP)

Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Hints At Possible New Corbett Funding Plan

Pennsylvania’s transportation secretary is raising the possibility that Governor Tom Corbett may not make his much-anticipated proposal on transportation funding that was expected this fall.

09/27/2011

(Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Panel Recommends Higher Gasoline Taxes and Vehicle Fees

As expected, Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett’s “Transportation Funding Commission” has recommended increasing fuel taxes and vehicle fees to raise new money for roads, bridges, and mass transit.

07/18/2011

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