PennDOT seeking input on road projects

Tired of traffic jams and other transportation woes? PennDOT has announced two opportunities to make residents’ voices heard.

The department will begin accepting applications on Saturday, Oct. 3, for funding transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund. In addition, the PennDOT Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) is now accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through Oct. 31, a PennDOT press release said.

“The [Multimodal Transportation] Fund allows us to assist communities with needed transportation improvements that otherwise may not move forward,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards in the release. “This process represents an opportunity for worthwhile local projects to secure the support needed to come to fruition.”

PennDOT will evaluate the applications and make selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability. The fund addresses road and bridge projects.

The department has $40 million in grants available for fiscal year 2016-17. Applications are due by Dec. 18. PennDOT expects to announce grant recipients early next year for the funding that becomes available in July 2016. For more information, visit www.penndot.gov and click on multimodal program under the “Projects & Programs” button.

The state’s P3 law allows PennDOT and other transportation authorities and commissions to partner with private companies to participate in delivering, maintaining and financing transportation-related projects. Through Oct. 31, the private sector can submit proposals offering innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes, including roads, bridges, rail, aviation and ports. Proposals can also include more efficient models to manage existing transportation-related services and programs.

The private sector may also submit applications for non-PennDOT-owned assets directly to the P3 board during this time. Instructions on how to submit a project and information on the unsolicited proposal review process can be found on the state’s P3 website, www.P3forPA.com. The next unsolicited proposal period will occur in April.

 

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