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(A billboard structure at Second and Race Streets, in Old City, adjacent to I-95 and the Ben Franklin Bridge.  File photo by John McDevitt)

PennDOT Imposing Oversight for Billboards Near Philadelphia’s Interstate Highways

Since the 1970s, Penndot has allowed Philadelphia’s mayor and City Council to regulate billboards along state highways, but Penndot officials now fear that federal highway dollars are at risk without their direct oversight.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/22/2015

(The Arcola Road Bridge, now demolished, was closed in August 2013 after failing an inspection. Work has begun rebuilding its replacement, with a target date of next spring.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Pa. Lawmaker Says His District’s Bridge Projects Aren’t Getting Enough Attention

Pennsylvania state representative Mike Vereb is asking Penndot’s acting secretary to reprioritize two bridges in his district, both over the Perkiomen Creek.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/20/2015

(Rocks are placed temporarily around the collapsed roadway where a sinkhole undermined the Plymouth Road Bridge.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

PennDOT Presses For Replacement of Plymouth Rd. Bridge By August 31st

Government officials expect the bridge, closed since a sinkhole opened last month, to be reopened by the end of the summer and say the contractor will be fined $20,000 a day if it isn’t.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/16/2015

(Montgomer County commissioner Leslie Richards, a Septa board member, talks about the new suicide helpline signs being posted at the Norristown Transportation Center.  Photo by Brad Segall)

SEPTA Shining Brighter Spotlight On Suicide Prevention

To help mark National Suicide Prevention Week, Septa is now installing signs at the boarding areas of the Norristown Transportation Center, advertising the number for a suicide prevention hotline.

09/10/2014

(West Valley Green Road Bridge, prior to its reopening.  Photo by Jodi Christman, used with permission)

Valley Green Bridge Over Wissahickon Creek Reopens — Temporarily — Ahead of Schedule

The West Valley Green Road Bridge, which links Whitemarsh and Springfield townships, was shut down in March after Penndot inspectors found structural problems.

08/06/2014

(The Willow Grove toll plaza, in 2008 file photo)

Traffic Studies Set For Willow Grove Tpk. Interchange and Rt. 611

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission has released $50,000 each for two studies looking at how to alleviate congestion at the interchange and along the Route 611 corridor.

03/28/2014

(The West Valley Green Bridge.  Photo provided by Montgomery County commissioners' office)

Sudden Closure of a Montco Bridge Sends Drivers, County Engineers Scrambling

County commissioner Leslie Richards says nearly 6,000 vehicles use the bridge each day. She says detour signs have been posted.

03/10/2014

(Fetters Mill Bridge.  File photo by Shuvaev)

Historic Fetters Mill Bridge, in Bryn Athyn, To Reopen — With Restrictions

The nearly 130-year-old bridge over the Pennypack Creek was shut down last October because of structural concerns, and isn’t scheduled for an overhaul until late next year.

04/01/2013

(Montgomery County commissioners Bruce Castor, left, Josh Shapiro, center, and Leslie Richards, right, announce the schedule for a mobile van to issue voter IDs for qualified county residents.  Credit: Brad Segall)

Montco’s Voter Photo ID Van Will Traverse County Until Election Day

The picture identification cards will be issued through Parkhouse, the county’s senior care facility, but you don’t have to live or work there — or even go there.

10/01/2012

(US senator Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, blasts the Romney-Ryan economic plan during a press conference on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse.  Credit: Brad Segall)

Delaware Valley Dems Say Romney and Ryan Are Targeting Middle Class

NJ Sen. Frank Lautenberg calls it a “reverse Robin Hood” plan — taking from the middle class to give tax breaks to the wealthy.

08/21/2012

(Montgomery County commissioners-elect Leslie Richards and Josh Shapiro.)

Democrats Take Control Of Montgomery County For First Time In A Century

Democrats took charge of Montgomery County’s government for the first time in over a century Tuesday morning, and they have a lot of work to do.

01/03/2012

(Each surrounded by family members, new Montgomery County commissioners Joshua Shapiro, right, and Leslie Richards take their oaths of office.  Photos by Brad Segall)

An Era of GOP Leadership in Montgomery County Draws to a Close

“I, Joshua D. Shapiro, do solemnly swear…”
“I, Leslie S. Richards, do solemnly swear…”

01/03/2012

(File photo: Montgomery County commissioners Leslie Richards and Josh Shapiro. Credit: Brad Segall)

Montgomery County Commissioners To Be Sworn In Tuesday

The Montgomery County Commissioners will be sworn-in during ceremonies this morning at the county’s community college in Blue Bell. Lisa Richards and Josh Shapiro will be the first democrats to be in charge of the county in over a century.

01/03/2012

(Bruce Castor will remain the lone GOP commissioner on the Montgomery County board.   Credit:  Brad Segall)

GOP Ticket Dissects Loss In Montgomery County Commissioners’ Race

From a political perspective, Bruce Castor says, it’s simple: the Democrats won the election because they had more money and more voters.

11/09/2011

(Montgomery County commissioners-elect Leslie Richards and Josh Shapiro.)

Democrats Win In Montco Commissioners’ Race

It was a hard fought, expensive campaign, and Election Night proved equally grueling as the results swung back and forth.

11/08/2011

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