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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #2100 on: April 07, 2019, 10:50:40 AM »

It appears that the PTC is preparing to replace a mainline bridge over a rail line at about MM238, between US 15 and I-83. It's nothing major, but it's something. They did something similar last year just east of I-81 at Carlisle.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #2101 on: April 30, 2019, 02:45:32 AM »

Here's some pitchers of a widening project from MM 40 to MM 48 (Pittsburgh area) that will wrap up later this year. The Turnpike Commission better have a blueprint ready for reconstruction and widening through Exit 39, because the Turnpike is about to be six lanes on both sides of the interchange.

Why the FOCK has reconstruction slowed down so much? It was going at a brisk pace for a while, but it's slowed way down in the last year or so.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #2102 on: April 30, 2019, 04:13:58 AM »

Here's some bridge replacement projects in western Pennsylvania (with photo galleries):


Near MM 28 (Butler County)

Near MM 60 (Westmoreland County)

Near MM 110 (Somerset County)


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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #2103 on: April 30, 2019, 07:14:14 AM »

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Why the FOCK has reconstruction slowed down so much? It was going at a brisk pace for a while, but it's slowed way down in the last year or so.

They are running out of money.  The PTC is behind in their Act 44 payments to PennDOT as well.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #2104 on: April 30, 2019, 07:51:34 AM »

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Why the FOCK has reconstruction slowed down so much? It was going at a brisk pace for a while, but it's slowed way down in the last year or so.

They are running out of money.  The PTC is behind in their Act 44 payments to PennDOT as well.

Probably need to look at construction schedules and such.  Are you referring to one project's timing, or all construction in general?
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #2105 on: April 30, 2019, 12:30:40 PM »

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Why the FOCK has reconstruction slowed down so much? It was going at a brisk pace for a while, but it's slowed way down in the last year or so.

They are running out of money.  The PTC is behind in their Act 44 payments to PennDOT as well.

Some of the news stories that I read (which generally focused on the missed Act 44/89 payments) suggested that the PTC is not in any worse position financially but just hoarding cash—because of the cloud of uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the ATA/OOIDA class action lawsuits. The truckers’ suit was dismissed in early April but is currently being appealed. Assuming the appeal is also tossed out in the next month or so, I’d think the money would start flowing again shortly thereafter.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #2106 on: May 04, 2019, 08:39:55 AM »

Act 44 should be repealed with extreme prejudice.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #2107 on: May 04, 2019, 09:29:06 AM »

Is the Freedom Road Bridge project under way?
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #2108 on: May 05, 2019, 05:42:12 PM »

Act 44 should be repealed with extreme prejudice.

Yeah, but then PennDOT has to pick up the slack on the mass transit from its own funds, and that takes away from other projects they could/should be focusing on. They're finally starting to get to many of the major highway projects (I-81 widening notwithstanding) and bridge repairs that had been postponed indefinitely, and effectively diverting more of their funds to deal with mass transit that the big cities themselves should be promoting and paying for, will screw them. Plus, they already got the state police (unconstitutionally) siphoning off $200 million annually from the highway fund.

That said, the PTC is not in the best financial position. Short of a major federal highway bill (and gas tax increase?), which will not happen in the current political environment, there's no easy answer to this mess.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #2109 on: May 06, 2019, 03:37:29 PM »

Is the Freedom Road Bridge project under way?

According to the website (who knows when that was last updated), the design phase started in 2014 - so in a sense, it is.

And while they're website isn't well maintained with new information, it seems like they're doing utility relocation work so actual construction is under way (expected to be completed in Dec 2020

http://butlerradio.com/work-begins-next-week-to-prepare-for-freedom-road-bridge-project/

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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #2110 on: May 07, 2019, 01:44:18 PM »

Is the Freedom Road Bridge project under way?

Yes, that's the bridge replacement project near MM 28.
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