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PennDOT grades itself in performance report


PennDOT released its first performance report on efforts to address funding, mobility and safety on the state’s roadways, giving itself marks ranging from marginal to getting better in more than two dozen categories.

“This report is a true reflection of the department’s focus on safety,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said in a statement.

Richards, who also serves as the State Transportation Commission chairwoman, added, “Our customers are encouraged to join us in the planning process.”

Among the categories scrutinized were the number and type of roadway fatalities, including ones involving pedestrians; highway capacity; and congestion.

Some key findings in the report:

  • The number of state-owned bridges rated as poor dropped from 5,672 in 2005 to 2,854 in 2018.
  • Traffic fatalities have declined since 2013, with 1,137 deaths reported in 2017
  • Congestion in the largest urban areas remained fairly steady across Pennsylvania.

The public can review the report and provide input through April 26 by calling 717-783-2262 or taking an online survey at

PennDOT will hold an interactive, online meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 20, where Richards is expected to answer questions submitted via email to [email protected]

The report is the result of a collaboration between the State Transportation Advisory Committee and PennDOT. It is the first step in the state’s 12-year planning program, which serves as a blueprint for prioritizing projects in Pennsylvania. Monday’s release was the first report, which will be updated every two years.

PennDOT also released its Risks to Transportation Funding Report, which identified $18.5 billion in jeopardy over the next 12 years, including the potential insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund.

The full reports are available online by clicking here.

Nicole C. Brambila is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Nicole at 724-226-7704, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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