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."

A Senate subcommittee on Tuesday swiftly approved a $56.5 billion transportation spending bill, sending the legislation to the full panel.

During a brief markup, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on transportation and housing unanimously backed a measure that would provide $56.5 billion in discretionary spending to the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other related agencies in fiscal 2017.

The figure is $2.9 billion less than the president’s budget request and $827 million less than the current level.

WASHINGTON — During a rare hearing focused exclusively on the commercial motor carrier industry, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee suggested his colleagues support establishing truck-only lanes to help boost freight capacity.

“We are going to see the doubling in the next 20 years or so of freight traffic, and then doubling again. So this is something — it’s a capacity issue that we have to face,” Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said here April 13 during a roundtable-style hearing.


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