PennDOT will likely toll 5 to 10 interstate bridges in the Commonwealth with the approved initiative for a period of likely 30 years or longer.
In Pennsylvania, the Major Bridge P3 (Public-Private Partnership) initiative was approved this week that will add tolls to yet-to-be determined bridges to help speed up and pay for the “reconstruction and rehabilitation” of major bridges throughout the state.
According to the initiative, PennDOT is currently carrying an annual funding gap of over $8.1B to maintain and improve state-owned bridges and highways.
How will the Major Bridge P3 initiative help the state?
According to the initiative, the goals of the funds collected include:
- accelerating the renewal of major bridges to ensure public safety,
- avoid time and financial impacts of travel diversion resulting from bridge restrictions and closures due to bridge conditions,
- help offset gas tax revenue losses which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic,
- ensure in-state and out-of-state traffic to contribute fairly to the replacement or rehabilitation of the bridges based on usage, and
- create a sustainable funding model for the state’s major bridges.
How will the Major Bridge P3 initiative affect the trucking industry?
This is the second initiative approved in the past decade aimed at improving roads and aging bridges on top of the highest fuel tax rates in the nation that lean heavily on the trucking industry.
According to Joe Butzer, Interim President of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, “the trucking industry in PA already pays more than $2B in Federal and State Highway taxes and pays 39% of all taxes owed by Pennsylvania motorists despite trucks only representing 9% of all the miles traveled.”
Fleets will need to plan to pay more toll bridge fees as they travel through Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Tuesday that, in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts, expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents through September 30, 2020.
This PennDOT extension now lines up with the Federal extension announced in June.
Expiration extensions will apply to the following credentials:
- Commercial learner’s permits: if scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 – September 30, 2020
- Commercial driver licenses: if scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 – September 30, 2020
- Hazardous Materials Endorsements (HME): for individuals who are a Pennsylvania-licensed commercial driver’s license holder and held a valid, unexpired HME with a determination of no security threat on or after March 6, 2020
The extension for deadlines related to expiring non-commercial driver license, photo identification cards, learner’s permits and camera cards is on August 31, 2020.
For a list of open driver license and photo license centers and the services provided, as well as their hours of operation, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.
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According to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation:
King of Prussia, PA – Lane closures are in place on northbound Interstate 95 at Exit 13 (Interstate 76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) near Philadelphia International in Philadelphia as part of the five-ton commercial truck restriction that is in effect for the Democratic National Convention.
Motorists need to allow more time for travel on I-95 north in this part of the city because traffic slowdowns will occur with traffic reduced to one lane. In addition, motorists traveling south on I-95 should anticipate possible delays approaching Exit 22 (Interstate 676) in Philadelphia due to intermittent lane restrictions for the enforcement of the five-ton commercial truck restriction.
Commercial trucks and other vehicles weighing more than five tons are being rerouted off I-95 between Exit 13 (I-76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and Exit 22 (I-676). The posted detours for drivers of vehicles over five tons to follow to return to I-95 once they exit the interstate are:
From I-95 north: Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to 26th Street, to Interstate 76 west, to Interstate 676 east; and
From I-95 south: I-676 west, to I-76 east, to 26th Street, to Route 291(Penrose Avenue) west.
All interstate highways and expressways in the Philadelphia region remain open to passenger vehicles throughout the convention. Commuters and commercial truck drivers are advised to allow additional time for travel on I-76, I-676 and Route 291 over the next week because these highways will experience heavier traffic volumes due to commercial vehicles being diverted off I-95.
Among the types of commercial vehicles restricted from traveling on this nine-mile stretch of I-95 during the convention are delivery trucks, utility vehicles, parcel trucks, small dump trucks, buses, flatbed and stake trucks, refrigerated and box trucks, large delivery trucks, refuse trucks, cement mixers, buses, and all tractor trailer combinations including double trailers. Motor homes and recreational trailers operated for personal use and weighing more than five tons also will be restricted from using this part of I-95. Northbound and southbound entrance ramps to I-95 between Exit 13 and Exit 22 are closed to commercial vehicles over five tons. Commercial vehicles are directed to use arterial roads to reach either I-95 north or south beyond Exit 13 or Exit 22.
To assist residents and visitors before and during the convention, PennDOT launched www.511PA.com/DNC– a detailed travelers’ website. The site’s home page offers options to see information about real-time traffic conditions on highways in the Philadelphia region and lists street closures around the convention venue. This site is accessible from both desktop and mobile interfaces.