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February 1, 2021

Federal Money Averts Funding Crisis at PennDOT

Federal dollars from the COVID-19 relief legislation passed last December are starting to make their way to cash-strapped states.  According to a recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has received official notice that the state is eligible to receive $407.2 million for road and bridge projects.

“We intend to use the funds primarily to help cover the state revenue gaps in our construction program that we’ve faced as a result of COVID-19,” PennDOT spokesperson Alexis Campbell said in the article.

The department has lost several hundred million dollars in revenue from gas taxes as a result of reduced driving during the pandemic, which began in March.  The department managed by shifting funds for nearly eight months to cover the revenue shortfalls.  In November, PennDOT almost had to shut down all road and bridge projects due to lack of funding but the State stepped in with additional funds for ongoing projects.  About 50 new projects that were scheduled to go out to bid in December were delayed indefinitely, according to the article.

The COVID-19 relief federal legislation included $10 billion in emergency funding for state transportation departments across the country.  According to AASHTO, the emergency funding amounts will be based on each state’s share of obligation limitations within the recently extended surface transportation authorization, the FAST Act.  AASHTO has released preliminary estimates of how much each state would be eligible for under the legislation.  To see AASHTO’s chart, click here.

The relief money can be used to fund Surface Transportation Block Grant-eligible projects as well as for preventive maintenance, routine maintenance, operations, and personnel – including employee and contractor salaries – along with debt service payments, availability payments, and coverage for other revenue losses.

Read the full article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

2020 NASHTU Conference – Canceled

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the 21st Annual NASHTU Conference – scheduled for April 20-22, 2020 in Washington D.C. – has been canceled.

Given the uncertainty about the length of the crisis, and given the limited congressional calendar in an election year, it is simply not possible at this time to reschedule the conference for this year.

We will be refunding any registration fees paid to date.  Please contact the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill at 202/737-1234 to cancel your room reservations.

We look forward to seeing you at the NASHTU conference in the spring of 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact NASHTU at nashtu@nashtu.us.