Daily News Briefs, April 29, 2021

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Work Zone Safety Week Event Spotlights New PA Move Over Law

PennDOT announced that Pennsylvania’s new Move Over Law became effective this week. A revamp and rebrand of a 2017 statute, the new act requires drivers who cannot safely merge out of their lane to slow down considerably when entering an “emergency response area” and either move over or slow down when they encounter first responders, road or vehicle maintenance crews, waste removal workers or disabled vehicles displaying warnings. It also stiffens violation penalties.

Times News reports, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) and state police officials joined PennDOT in a National Work Zone Awareness Week event aimed at publicizing the new law. The article details the increased risks first responders and maintenance workers face on highways, and PennDOT and PTC efforts — such as the successful Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program — to enhance their safety. PTC chief operations officer Craig Shuey noted that an increase in the severity of roadway accidents has accompanied the relaxation of COVD-19 travel restrictions, and he urged motorists to “reduce your speed, pay attention and continue driving through . . . work zones as if the people who worked there were your friends.”

Highway and Bridge Maintenance Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC)

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Congressional Democrats Debate How To Enact Biden Spending Proposals

The Hill reports, Democrats in Congress “are scrambling” to find a way to pass presidential spending proposals that now total $4 trillion: $1.8 trillion for the “families package” President Biden discussed last night during his address to Congress, plus the $2.3 trillion for infrastructure  already under consideration. While caucus members are currently divided over strategy, “a growing number . . . are skeptical of GOP outreach efforts, predicting that Republicans will never get on board in a meaningful way.”

ARTBA Washington Newsline looks at the president’s references to transportation investment in last nights address.

American Jobs Plan Infrastructure Investment Trends US Gov't Transportation Funding

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