Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

OUR AGING INTERSTATES  - December 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Pennsylvania’s more than 2,700 miles of interstate highways snake into every corner of the state, carrying 1.8 million commuters a day and making the Commonwealth one of the busiest corridors for all those consumer goods people are buying from their phones this Christmas.

With the fourth-largest interstate system in the country, including the 63 miles in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania has long been the envy of other states, but now its interstates are deteriorating faster than they can be repaired, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Highway Delivery Division Chief Melissa J. Batula said during a report to the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) and Freight Advisory Committee earlier this month.

That includes Interstate 78 in the Lehigh Valley, where 62 percent of the roadway surface is rated to be in fair or poor condition, while just $8 million of the $259 million requested for “priority” projects has been programmed on the state’s 12-year plan for interstates.

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LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR PIECE OF THE $8.2 BILLION TRANSPORTATION FUNDING PIE  -

December 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

After more than 80 people representing 49 Lehigh Valley municipalities, several non-profits and private citizens attended Open Call project meetings last week, the LVPC has scheduled a last chance Open Call, to give the remaining 13 municipalities, non-profits and individuals an opportunity to get their projects into the 20-year Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

The final Open Call meeting – and final chance to compete for a share of an expected $2.8 billion in federal transportation funding – will be held from 9 a.m.-10 a.m., January 3, at the LVPC offices.

Over the next two decades, an estimated $2.8 billion will be invested to maintain and enhance the Lehigh Valley’s transportation network, but getting on the LRTP is the only way a project, study or plan can get the kind of federal and state money that is currently being used to fund such projects as widening Route 22, rebuilding the Cementon Bridge or replacing a fleet of LANta buses.

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SIGN UP NOW FOR 2019 LTAP COURSES  - December 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

They’re informative, they’re free, they can help make your neighborhood safer and they may even save your community some money.

In its 10th consecutive year of partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the LVPC is offering a slate of 12 Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) courses that run from February to November. The 2019 schedule includes two new courses to help municipalities devise plans to make their roadways safer and public facilities more accessible to people with disabilities.

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HOW TO GET YOUR SHARE OF $2.8 BILLION IN TRANSPORTATION FUNDING  - December 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Over the next two decades, an estimated $2.8 billion will be invested to maintain and enhance the Lehigh Valley’s transportation network, but if your community wants a share of that pie, the time to act is now.

Lehigh Valley Transportation Study, part of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, Wednesday sent out an Open Call for Plans and Projects that could be added to the updated Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

Getting on the LRTP is the only way a project, study or plan can get the kind of federal and state money that is currently being used to fund such projects as widening Route 22, rebuilding the Cementon Bridge or replacing a fleet of LANta buses.

The current call for plans and projects will remain open until 4 p.m., January 25, 2019, but then the window closes until the next Open Call in 2023.

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