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Ohio moves while Pennsylvania sits still on transportation

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a two-year, $7.6 billion bill for transportation and public safety on Monday, which will supply $4 billion for road and bridge work, according to The Plain Dealer of Cleveland. Mr. Kasich announced his plan to raise revenue for transportation on Dec. 13 and it took less than four months to see it become law.

One is left to wonder what they’re thinking in the Buckeye State. No blue-ribbon commission? No endless dawdling on the part of the governor and legislators? Just put together a plan and quickly get it through the legislative process? That’s not how we do business in Pennsylvania.

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vendingMaybe it’s me but I have had almost no success in getting the Port Authority’s new smartcard vending machines to issue me correct receipts. Twice the machines have given me someone else’s receipt and several times nothing at all. Otherwise, the ConnectCard system seems to be working well. Kinda strange that receipt printing — not exactly cutting-edge technology — is what’s tripping up these sophisticated machines.

 

 

 

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Pennsylvania State Police are cracking down on speeding in the Squirrel Hill Tunnels construction zone. State police have issued 131 citations and 15 written warnings and made 10 DUI arrests since Jan. 1. The speed limit through the construction zone is 45 mph. PennDOT reminds that going 11 mph over the work zone limit can bring a 15-day license suspension. Also, some fines are doubled in work zones.

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roadworkaheadIn case you forgot, nightly closures of the Liberty Tunnels begin today. The tunnels will close in both directions at 10 p.m. Sundays through Fridays, reopening daily by 6 a.m. These closures will continue through November as the next phase of tunnel rehabilitation is done.

PennDOT also has scheduled overnight maintenance in the Fort Pitt Tunnels, the primary detour for Liberty Tunnels traffic. The inbound tunnel will have single-lane traffic from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday; the outbound tunnel will be down to one lane from 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

The ramp from the inbound lower deck of the Fort Duquesne Bridge to Fort Duquesne Boulevard will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, weather permitting, to allow work on signs. The detour is via the 10th Street Bypass ramp to right turns at 10th Street, Penn Avenue and Ninth Street. A lane also will be closed during that time on the inbound 10th Street Bypass near the Fancourt Bridge overpass as crews replace an overhead light fixture.

Lane closures are possible on Cochran Road between Beverly and Washington roads in Mt. Lebanon from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday during drilling for a future project.

Drilling and research for future improvements on Route 65 may cause lane closures between Interstate 79 in Glenfield and Chestnut Street in Sewickley from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Overhead sign inspections will cause lane closures and traffic shifts on Route 28 and Route 366-Bull Creek Road on Friday. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the restrictions are possible on northbound Bull Creek Road near the Route 28 interchange in Fawn and on the northbound Tarentum Bridge. Restrictions are possible from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in both directions on Route 28 between Millvale and Etna.

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