September 23, 1998 |
Township officials are less than happy with the Federal Highway Administration's final report on the Route 202 bypass project and have not ruled out reconsidering their lawsuit against FHA at their meeting tonight. "The answers to some of our concerns are hand-waving arguments at best," Raymond Stepnoski, chairman of Buckingham's Board of Supervisors, said of the FHA "record of decision" received last week. The decision was announced late last month, but copies of the document were obtained only recently by the township and other interested parties.
November 10, 2004 |
Heralding the speedy completion of a new bridge on N.J. Route 70 to replace the one that washed away in July's floods, state Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere yesterday hinted that other projects also would be fast-tracked. He said his department was working on a plan to speed up transportation projects, notorious for sitting in the pipeline for years, but was not ready to release details. Lettiere spoke in Southampton at the ceremonial opening of the replacement bridge, completed last week, to carry Route 70 traffic over Friendship Creek.
July 1, 1998
Those of you who assume government botches every task it touches might do well to take a drive on Interstate 95 this holiday weekend. You'll find that the bridge scorched and damaged May 24 in a horrible tanker-truck accident has been repaired, unclogging the interstate just in time for the holiday weekend. State officials can be excused for the orgy of mutual back-patting they indulged in Monday as the closed lanes reopened, more than two weeks ahead of schedule. Gov. Ridge, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the no-bid contractor who did the job and the suppliers who raced materials to the job site all showed admirable urgency in getting the highway back in fettle for the Fourth.
January 31, 2013 |
IT'S A WRAP. City Councilman Mark Squilla on Thursday will not seek to override Mayor Nutter's veto of a bill that would allow for a huge digital advertising billboard on the Electric Factory, at 7th and Callowhill streets, near the Vine Street Expressway. "I don't want to move something forward without having something to counter [the administration's] claims," said Squilla, who requested feedback from the U.S. Department of Transportation after a letter from PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration, clarifying violations if the billboard were to be erected, made him reconsider the bill.
November 19, 1989 |
Up close, the two columns look like cottage cheese: Their bases are pitted with holes and, in some spots, steel rods show through like tendons under torn skin. They were supposed to hold up a bridge on the Blue Route, but because of their unusual texture, they must be patched or discarded. The pockmarked columns are among the most visible examples of serious flaws that have plagued the Blue Route since last year. In place after place along the new highway's 21.5-mile path, contractors have poured mottled columns and weak concrete, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.
July 9, 1999 |
Township officials yesterday asked a U.S. District Court judge to halt work on the Route 202 bypass in Bucks County until they can demonstrate what they say are improper and evasive actions in the planning of the project. The request, made in a motion to the court yesterday, is part of a lawsuit that seeks to stop the proposed $250 million, nine-mile highway that would run from Montgomery Township to Doylestown. The Federal Highway Administration and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission are named as defendants.
July 12, 1986
You ought to be ashamed of the article "Tooling down the interstate at a milestone" in the June 29 Travel section. It is morally irresponsible to glorify the attempt of two mindless drivers to set highway speed records across the United States with a radar detector (which they knew was illegal in some states) to evade arrest for speeding violations, and the highly risky use of a wedged-in squash racket as an improvised cruise control. If they want to risk their lives, let them participate in legitimate stock- car races - or jump off a bridge - but not imperil other motorists on public highways.
August 3, 2007 |
Officials in Pennsylvania and New Jersey moved yesterday to check on the safety of the region's bridges in the aftermath of the Minneapolis disaster. In Harrisburg, PennDot was preparing a list of Pennsylvania bridges similar to the one that failed - in the event that the structure's design is found to have been central to its collapse. "None of us should jump to conclusions," Gov. Rendell told reporters in a conference call, while noting that Pennsylvania has 30 of these continuous deck truss bridges.
March 6, 1988 |
There was no fanfare, no hype. Instead, it was as routine and uncelebrated as the beginning of most highway construction projects. But there was a difference: This was the Blue Route. After 30 years of debate - following the seemingly endless lawsuits and hearings - the appearance of bulldozers and hard hats on a new section of the highway's 21 1/2-mile path last month came without so much as a balloon or a placard of opposition. But rest assured, the occasion could not go unmarked for long.