Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

There's not much about this summer that's normal, except for the heat. And the road construction. Construction projects of all stripes came to a halt in March when officials locked down much of Pennsylvania to combat COVID-19. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) projects got going again in phases, with all of them back in gear on May 1.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is currently heading up an interchange project in Allegheny and Washington counties. PA Turnpike 576, Section 55C2-1 is a project that extends from approximately 1 mi. west of I-79 in Allegheny County through an interchange connecting PA Turnpike 576 with I-79 and ends at Morganza Road just north of Cecil-Henderson Road in Washington County.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC), in partnership with the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), announced the implementation of a statewide Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) pilot program to reduce work zone speeds, change driver behavior, and improve work zone safety for workers and motorists.

A new 54-page report crafted by the Southeast Partnership for Mobility — comprised of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation — highlights ways to reverse a falloff in transportation funding affecting the southeastern region of Pennsylvania.

Although it is noted to be a rare challenge for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to deal with on projects, acid mine drainage is a factor in this Southern Beltway Project. For several years, engineers have reportedly been studying it to determine what the best solution is.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is continuing the construction of the Southern Beltway in Pittsburgh, Pa. The most current phase, 55A2, was awarded to Trumbull Corporation on Nov. 6 for a reported $116.2 million. This portion of the project has a planned completion date of June 2021.

Hill International will provide construction management (CM) and related support for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's (PTC) expansion project from SR 51 to SR 837 along the Mon/Fayette Expressway (MFE) system. The MFE system consists of four interconnected projects between Interstate 68 in West Virginia and Interstate 376 in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, PennDOT, FHWA and elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, cut the ceremonial ribbon Sept. 21, 2018, on Stage 1 of the PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange project. Otherwise known as the “Missing Link,” this section of road, which includes flyovers, was about 40 years in the making.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission began widening and reconstructing 7 mi. of the Northeastern Extension of the PA Turnpike between Milepost A31 and A38 in Lower Salford, Franconia and Salford townships in Montgomery County earlier this year. The work area is situated between the Lansdale (Exit 31) and Quakertown (Exit 44) interchanges.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a motion for preliminary injunction in connection with a class-action lawsuit they brought against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The lawsuit, filed in March along with the National Motorists Association, is for excessive toll increases that place an undue burden on interstate commerce while improperly diverting toll revenue to other projects unrelated to the turnpike.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary and Pa. Turnpike Commission (PTC) Chair Leslie S. Richards announced at the Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit that the two agencies are partnering with Penn State University to commence site planning and design for the Pennsylvania Safety, Transportation and Research Track, or PennSTART — a modern facility envisioned to benefit emergency responders, transportation organizations and research institutions.