PennDOT Takes New Planning Approach

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said last week that it is adopting a new approach to transportation project planning and development that will require more collaboration with local and planning stakeholders before project plans are developed

penndot-4Known as PennDOT Connects, the approach will require discussion of such matters as safety; bicycle and pedestrian accommodations; transit access; stormwater management; utilities; local and regional plans and studies; and freight-generating land uses.

In a news release, PennDOT said that collaboration will occur for projects without previously defined project phases, those that haven’t started preliminary engineering or started preliminary engineering after July 1, 2016.

That equates to about 280 projects worth $2 billion, state officials said.

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