The Trump administration and Congress are closer than any time in recent history to being able to provide transformative change to help regain U.S. competitiveness in transportation. The United States has traditionally enjoyed an advantage because of the state of transportation infrastructure, but that advantage has eroded.  In 2014-15, the World Economic Forum assessed U.S. infrastructure as 16th in the world. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave our infrastructure a D+ grade, and estimated that at current funding levels we would have a shortfall of $3.6 trillion by 2020.

PennDot is making partnerships central to its development of transportation projects, the state’s transportation secretary said, as she announced a new program that will create closer cooperation with municipalities.

“This is a collaboration,” said Leslie Richards, PennDot’s chief. “It will start at the very beginning of the project, and it will last through the completion of the project.”

Two bridges, a bald eagle and a lengthy detour were focal points at the North Strabane Township building Thursday evening.

Plans for the McDowell Lane Bridge replacement project were unveiled at a public open house, which followed an informational meeting for public officials. Large project renderings were displayed and informational handouts were available.



Going from a bridge rehabilitation project to a complete bridge reconstruction/replacement project, this firm encountered many challenges throughout the preliminary design phase of this project.For example one of the context sensitive design challenges was the maintaining of traffic in lieu of a lengthy detour.  They continually resolved each of the challenges to converge on an acceptable design product.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, District 11-0
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