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.
Penndot officials say In some cases motorists may not see actual construction, but contracts will be bid this year because of the funding influx.
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.
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.
The newly minted transportation law allows PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch, after required safety studies, to raise the maximum speed limit.
It could be awhile before weight restrictions on Pennsylvania bridges are eased.
The new transportation funding law enacted last month addresses the problem of mounting debt at the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Once again, transportation funding is teed up for a vote in what’s billed as a make-or-break week in the Pennsylvania House.
Penndot secretary Barry Schoch emphasizes this move does not mean the bridges are unsafe.
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.
Putting an upper deck on the Schuylkill Expressway isn’t a far-fetched idea
“The turnpike, quite frankly, isn’t going to survive if this continues,” Pennsylvania auditor general Jack Wagner told legislators.
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.
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.
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.