As we emerge from a holiday weekend, a couple of updates on issues we’ve covered regularly in recent months…

Because Pennsylvanians have been driving less – and therefore generating less fuel tax revenue to be used for bridge and highway projects – PennDOT is projecting that it will spend at least $300 million less on construction projects in the coming months than it had planned. In the worst case, PennDOT says the shortfall in highway revenue could be $800 million. We will keep our fingers crossed.

Our second issue is automated speed enforcement in work zones. We now have three months of data, and PennDOT says about 30,000 violation notices have been issued to the owners of vehicles caught driving through active work zones at least 11 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. Although the number of violations may seem high, it is almost certainly stunted by the lack of traffic we have had during the pandemic lockdown and economic slump. It’s important to note that the purpose of the automated speed enforcement program is work zone safety, not revenue generation.

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