Map of Pennsylvania, showing major cities and roads (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Two out of every three major urban roads in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region are in poor or mediocre condition, underscoring the transportation dilemma the state faces, according to a report released Wednesday by a national transportation organization.
And using those roads is costing the average driver an additional $1,320 per year in extra vehicle operating costs as a result of driving on roads in need of repair, lost time and fuel due to congestion-related delays.
The report, “Future Mobility in Pennsylvania: The Cost of Meeting the State’s Need for Safe and Efficient Mobility,” finds that throughout Pennsylvania:
• Thirty seven percent of major roads and highways provide motorists with a rough ride.
Editor’s note: Who ever thought we would see PennDOT and efficiency in the same sentence!
Extra taxes and fees aren’t the only tricks PennDOT has up its sleeves to round up more money for road projects.
The agency’s also turning to some less obvious solutions to its funding woes, such as mail-sorting machines and more durable highway paint.
PennDOT’s put together a list of technology investments, policy changes and other tweaks it thinks could save the state $50 million to $75 million a year and, in some cases, make the agency a little more pleasant to deal with.
The anticipated savings are a drop in the bucket compared with the $3.5 billion gap between available funding and the state’s transportation needs. But it’s something.
York, PA – Starting Tuesday morning, teens face new driving restrictions, including the number of passengers they can transport in their vehicle, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Here is a rundown of the new rules:
— Drivers under the age of 18 will not be able to transport more than one passenger younger than 18 for the first six months. After six months, junior drivers can transport up to three passengers younger than 18 as long as the driver has not been convicted of a driving violation or has not been partially or fully responsible for a reportable crash.
Some good news to report about the safety of America’s highways! In 2010 32,788 people died on the nation’s highways. This is down from 43,320 deaths in 2005, which represents a 25 percent decrease in five years.
In 1949 the U.S. population was less than half of what was reported in the 2010 census. The number of miles driven rose by 20.5 billion in 2010. With more cars and people on the nation’s highways than ever before, the fatality rate per 100 million miles was 1.09 in 2010 (a record low).
A big reason for the reduction of automotive fatalities is the use of seatbelts. Nationally, seatbelt usage stands at 85 percent, which is an all time high. Along with technology like anti-lock brakes, airbags and drunken driving crackdowns, seatbelt use has made a huge impact on driver safety.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.