HARRISBURG >> While other states struggle to pay the upkeep on their highway systems, Pennsylvania is implementing a multifaceted, multibillion-dollar blueprint designed to accelerate road and bridge projects, improve mass transit systems and increase subsidies to local governments.
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) believes that, from a policy perspective at least, a long-term surface transportation bill can be crafted by the current Congress. The major roadblock to such a bill, however, remains how to pay for it.
Sen. James M. Inhofe thought he had a very clever idea for transportation funding 25 years ago. On Wednesday he denounced it and sent a subtle message to anyone in the Senate ranks feeling rebellious after the GOP takeover.
“It didn’t work,” said the Oklahoma Republican who last month became chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee.
His reference was to something called devolution, the belief that states ought to raise and spend their own transportation funds, rather than funneling federal gas tax dollars through Washington.
The Pittsburgh Business Times has published its list of the 25 largest Pittsburgh Engineering Firms for 2015, and SAI is once again in the Top 20 landing at number 17. Last year SAI also appeared in the number 17 spot and was able to hold its own and maintain their position in 2015. The list comprises local engineering firms from all disciplines and is ranked by their 2014 local offi