Pittsburg Post-Gazette » Feasibility and environmental impact studies announced Wednesday by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission to determine the exact pathway of the proposed system and its projected cost should be finished by early next year. That could dovetail with the beginning of the Trump administration’s proposed $1.5 trillion infrastructure program, which federal officials say will be looking to fund innovative projects.
Bucks County Courier Times » The work, which is funded completely with toll money, will focus on the stretch of highway between mileposts A31 and A38, between the Lansdale and Quakertown exits, which carries more than 65,000 vehicles a day. The end result of the three-year project will be a six-lane highway, with three lanes in each direction. The new six-lane highway also will feature full, 12-foot shoulders to the left and right of the travel lanes.
Insurance Journal » Sunoco has agreed to a $12.6 million fine over problems with a massive natural gas pipeline project, but work will resume under a consent agreement, Pennsylvania regulators said. The 350-mile project has been plagued by spills and leaks of drilling fluid and improper construction methods.
Reuters » Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Thursday allowed Sunoco Pipeline LLP to resume work on its Mariner 2 East natural gas liquids pipeline after the company agreed to pay a $12.6 million fine for violations. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which ordered the company to stop work on the $2.5 billion project on Jan. 3, said in a release that the fine was one of the largest civil penalties in a single settlement.
Engineering News-Record » According to a Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation statement, the $899-million public-private partnerships’ 390th bridge was opened during the final week of 2017, leaving 168 structures still in need of upgrades. PennDOT cites higher costs, right-of-way access and issues related to utility coordination for slowing progress but insists the program has been successful in clearing its backlog of bridge repairs.