BLOG: PennDOT Delivering Transportation Value

By: Leslie S. Richards, Secretary of Transportation

January 14, 2016

Over the last year, PennDOT’s 12,000 employees have worked diligently to keep the roads and bridges of the commonwealth safe, and our operations transparent to the public.


On the road and bridge system, we have started work on nearly 600 projects worth nearly $2.5 billion, almost double what we were able to do about two years ago. We improved more than 6,000 miles of pavements this year, including over 200 miles in the five-county Philadelphia region.

Watch Secretary Leslie S. Richards talk about how the Department of Transportation delivered transportation value in 2015.

We are fixing more bridges and making headway against the backlog of bridges in need of immediate repair. We have reduced the number of structurally deficient bridges by 2,000.

More resources are going to your communities to fix local roads as well. Local communities will receive nearly $434 million this year, a 35 percent increase from only two years ago.

Because we know transparency and proactive communication with the public and stakeholders is critical, we launched a new website this year showing where investments are being made across the state.

The website – – features statewide and county updates on:

  • Construction projects that are underway or will be bid or begin this year
  • Projects that are completed, underway, planned or in development because of Act 89’s historic investment
  • Projects included in the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans.

We at PennDOT are doing our part to make sure we operate as efficiently as possible. We have set new goals that include delivering efficient winter operations, roadway maintenance and bridge improvements, investing in state of the art equipment and I-T and making the best use of technology to deliver our services.

Governor Wolf and Secretary Richards at PennDOT District 8 headquarters

One example of using technology to improve winter services is Governor Tom Wolf’s recent announcement of the expanded pilot of our Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system in more than 500 PennDOT plow trucks and more than 200 contracted rental trucks. The system will allow us to better manage storms and later this winter, give our customers the opportunity to go on 511 PA and see just where trucks are operating.

We are working hard at PennDOT every day to keep you moving. We prepare to enter 2016 with a renewed commitment to put your dollars invested with us to effective and efficient use.



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