Sunday, March 31, 2013
Take our poll and give a grade to the roads, bridges and other parts of the public infrastructure.
The American Society of Civil Engineers has released its 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure. Every four years, the ASCE grades the nation, state by state, on the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure in the form of a school report card—assigning letter grades that are based on physical condition and needed fiscal investments for improvement. Put mildly, the country didn't do so well. America's GPA (grade point average) came in at a D+. The ASCE says some investment is needed to raise that GPA—an estimated $13.6 trillion by 2020. Pennsylvania fared a little better, earning a C- as its grade. The report card indicates the state has 852 high-hazard dams, 5,540 structurally deficent bridges and notes that 57 …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Scott Township is considering repaving the notoriously bumpy Swallow Hill Road. The township might also make some repairs to the equally as treacherous Kane Boulevard.
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- Mike Jones
Wednesday, March 20
Scott Township is considering repaving the notoriously bumpy Swallow Hill Road. Scott Township commissioners discussed the issue last week and said they plan to repair the road, although they did not say when the work would begin, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The township estimates the job will cost $1.5 million to reconstruct the road from Scrubgrass Road past the Nob Hill Apartments, the newspaper reported. Swallow Hill Road was last reconstructed 25 years ago, although there have been minor patch jobs along the way. There could also be repairs to the equally as treacherous Kane Boulevard. Both roads are pitted with potholes and bumps that have drivers swerving to miss them for fear busting an axle or two. However, when the …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Secretary Barry Schoch spent Wednesday meeting with reporters at PennDOT’s District 11 headquarters in Collier Township to outline Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to uncap the state’s oil company franchise tax.
PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch has a blunt assessment about the state’s aging transportation infrastructure and the government’s new plan to upgrade it. “Every year we duck this issue and every year the bill becomes bigger,” Schoch said. “It doesn’t go away.” Schoch spent Wednesday afternoon meeting with reporters at PennDOT’s District 11 headquarters in Collier Township to outline Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to uncap the state’s oil company franchise tax, which would increase the price gasoline, but would bring in billions in new revenue. “There are a lot of questions of the cost about doing this,” Schoch said. “There’s also a cost if we don’t do anything.” The cap on tax at the wholesale level would be lifted over five years in unison with a…
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
PennDOT is asking drivers for opinions on traffic safety and their driving behaviors.
Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are asking drivers to help the with highway safety efforts by sharing their opinions on traffic safety enforcement and driving behaviors. Just make sure not to mention anything about the “Pittsburgh Left.” The information will be collected via an online survey available now through July 27at www.JustDrivePA.com. The 22-question survey focuses on highway safety issues, including seat belts, impaired driving, speeding, motorcycles and distracted driving. People completing the survey may remain anonymous but are asked to provide their genders, ages and ZIP codes. More than 3,500 people responded to 2011's survey. Last year's notable results included that, in the previous 60 days, …