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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wolf Administration Announces ‘PennDOT Connects

Wolf Administration Announces ‘PennDOT Connects,’ New Transportation-Project Approach
Strengthens Community Input, Multimodal Considerations in Transportation Planning

Philadelphia, PA – Recognizing transportation’s role in connecting communities and supporting economic development, state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today announced PennDOT Connects, an approach that will enhance local engagement and improve transportation-project planning, design and delivery.

“We know that transportation plays a huge role in community identities and economies, and we take our responsibility as stewards of the system very seriously,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Through PennDOT Connects, we’re putting innovation, local resources, and strong partnerships to work so we can have the most sustainable, inclusive transportation assets possible.”

The new approach to project planning and development expands the department’s requirements for engaging local and planning partners by requiring collaboration with stakeholders before project scopes are developed. PennDOT Connects aims to transform capital and maintenance project development by ensuring that community collaboration happens early, and that each project is considered in a holistic way for opportunities to improve safety, mobility, access, and environmental outcomes for all modes and local contexts. Earlier collaboration will ensure that projects meet current and projected needs as much as possible, and can reduce costly changes further in the project development process.

Specific areas to be discussed during collaboration include, but are not limited to: safety issues; bicycle/pedestrian accommodations; transit access; storm water management; utility issues; local and regional plans and studies; freight-generating land uses and more.

PennDOT Connects requirements to meet with local governments, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) and Rural Planning Organizations (RPO) are being implemented on new projects on the state’s 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Collaboration will occur for projects without previously defined project phases, those that haven’t started Preliminary Engineering or started Preliminary Engineering after July 1, 2016. This equates to roughly 280 projects worth $2 billion.

To complement this ongoing collaboration, PennDOT is incorporating the policy into its applicable manuals and program processes. In addition, training is being developed for department staff and professionals at the MPOs and RPOs.

Projects on the state’s 2017-2020 TIP are viewable at www.projects.penndot.gov.


Anonymous said...

Hey, how about just fixing the damn roads. Rt 44 from NYS to Shinglehouse is a disgrace. Very, very dangerous. Just a matter of time before someone loses control and is killed.

Hey Marty; hold the hot dogs and do your job!!

Anonymous said...

Must be there will have to do studies to know how and where to do this, there are always more studies ..Pittsburgh and Philadelphia will surely be the target area, because our mass transit has problems!

Anonymous said...

The newly implemented Studies Services Department is already doing studies to determine if more studies are needed to justify these additional studies. The budget for the department is only $2.5 million annually and is said to have already paid for itself. Our Governor is saving money AND taking care of the people of PA.

Unknown said...

I e-mailed our Governor about Rt.44.
I invited him to come up and drive from Ceres to Coneville.
Then to ride in an ambulance (on a stretcher in the rear) on the same route.
He and D.o.t responded that millions were spent on 44 out past golf course, them from 49 to coneville.
Our end will be bid this year and fixed the following year. So 2 more years of this shit, pounding our cars to death.

Anonymous said...

I agree that road is terrible, we just drove over that way from Port...

Anonymous said...

Thanks Shane for the info. By then the right hand side heading north could be in the river.

The speed limit should be reduced until it's fixed.

And our elected reps from here should stop running around pandering to every little group known, and fight to get this done.