The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a 2017 funding bill that would spend $77.9 billion on programs under the U.S. Department of Transportation, keeping the Highway Trust Fund's highway and transit accounts at levels authorized in the new five-year FAST Act.

The Senate bill would also increase the USDOT's TIGER grant program to $525 million from $500 million this year. It would increase TIGER's rural projects setaside to 30 percent from 20 percent now, and cut the maximum share that can go to any state to 10 percent from 20 percent now, Eno Transportation Weekly reported.

IF A COMMUNITY cannot pave its way out of gridlock — and none ever has — the polar idea is equally true: Neglect can hobble a place.

That truth can be found in the gridlock that defines major American cities and in the crumbling U.S. precincts abandoned by people and industry, declines accelerated when public works fail for lack of care.

What was true in isolated American cities and towns is increasingly true of the United States as an enterprise: The deterioration of major public systems is holding the nation back.

Upper Fairfield Township in Lycoming County received an honorable mention in the roadway category of the 34th Annual Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Awards, presented at the 94th Annual Educational Conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) in Hershey April 17-20, 2016. The conference attracted attendees from every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia, which has no townships. Upper Fairfield Township was honored for a road reconstruction and culvert replacement project.

Bring up self-driving cars and Pennsylvania's transportation secretary gets enthusiastic.

Leslie Richards is just as excited about using apps to understand traffic, installing smart signs to shrink gridlock, or getting rid of registration stickers.

In a state where ancient infrastructure and dense development can make big transportation projects impossible, Richards likes thinking about high-tech solutions to old problems.

"In some ways we're forced to really look at technology," she said, "but I welcome that."



Consultant worked efficiently and effectively to complete this complicated design in a very short time frame without sacrificing quality.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, District 10-0
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