Bad roads mean big problems for Pa. business

“Failing to invest in Pennsylvania’s roads, bridges and transit systems has a dramatic negative impact on the state and national economy,” said Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S, D.WRE, president of ASCE. “This data underscores the need for state and national policymakers to make smart, long-term investments in infrastructure.”
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Dr. Jennifer Dessoye is assistant professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University and owner of Bright Beginnings Early Learning Academy (BBELA). Discontent with the early education curriculum and understanding of human development and neurolo (read more)

20 Under 40: Amy Hlavaty Belcher

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Amy Hlavaty Belcher, 39, owner and artistic director of Abrabesque Academy of Dancing, believes that for those who have been given much, much is expected. “I just try hard to do my best,” she said. I have been blessed with many opportunities and many gift (read more)

20 Under 40: Christopher Hetro

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Chris Hetro, 33, works hard and plays hard. “A strong work ethic is important, but finding balance outside of work is important because life is too short and you need to enjoy it,” he explained. As an electrical engineer and project manager at Borton-Laws (read more)

20 Under 40: C. David Pedri

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20 Under 40: Ed Frable

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Angelo Venditti, 38, heard a call to the helping professions early on. Geisinger Northeast’s chief nursing officer answer was to volunteer for his local fire company. After high school, he became a paramedic, then enrolled in nursing school. Three years a (read more)

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At 20, Donald Mammano began his own company, while attending the University of Scranton. Mammano, now 33, and president of DFM Properties, recalls, as a youngster, holding a flashlight while his father fixed the kitchen sink. “From that point on I was fas (read more)

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William J. Fennie III, 27, is always knocking on the proverbial door, because he knows one day, one will open. As an investment specialist with Integrated Capital Management (iCM) he cannot take “no” for an answer. “I make cold calls every day to invite f (read more)

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Heather M. Davis, 33, director of marketing and communication, is responsible for creating, overseeing and implementing a strategic marketing and comprehensive communications plan for The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC). She is also responsible for pr (read more)

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Alexandria Duffney, 30, is competitive by nature and loves a good challenge. These qualities have led her to her position as associate director of graduate admission at Wilkes University. Here she works with prospective students interested in enrolling in (read more)

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John Culkin’s tenets inform: “Less haste equal more speed; the same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg, it is all about what you are made of, not the circumstances surrounding you; and don’t ask someone to walk a mile in your shoes, bef (read more)

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“What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn’t lived it,” mused Conor O’Brien.” As co-founder and executive director of the Scranton Fringe Festival, O’Brien, 25, is responsible for leading the development of the overal (read more)

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Jessica Siegfried, 38, is senior designer with BlackOut Design Inc., where she is responsible for all creative design at the full-service agency, from traditional branding and print to collateral and front end web design. “I’ve always had an interest in t (read more)

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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) says investing in infrastructure will will grow Pennsylvania’s economy, save jobs and protect personal income

New data released Nov. 14 by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and TRIP show the deteriorating conditions of the surface transportation infrastructure system in Pennsylvania is worsening, and families and businesses continue to feel the impact. Closing the investment gap in the state’s surface transportation infrastructure will grow Pennsylvania’s economy, save jobs and protect personal income.
“Failing to invest in Pennsylvania’s roads, bridges and transit systems has a dramatic negative impact on the state and national economy,” said Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S, D.WRE, president of ASCE. “This data underscores the need for state and national policymakers to make smart, long-term investments in infrastructure.”
By 2020, ASCE projects the consequences of these conditions will cost the U.S. economy $897 billion in lost gross domestic product and $28 billion in exports as transportation costs rise. The recent surface transportation bill adopted by Congress addresses spending in only the next two years, and it fails to fill the current funding gap.
“While addressing Pennsylvania’s need for a safe, efficient and well-maintained transportation system will require a significant boost in investment, failing to act will result in even greater costs,” said Will Wilkins, executive director of TRIP. “Smart investments in transportation policies relieve traffic congestion, improve road and bridge conditions and enhance economic productivity.”
Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and Gov. Tom Corbett are expected to consider transportation funding solutions early next year. According to the 2010 Pennsylvania Transportation Advisory Committee report the state has a funding gap of about $3.5 billion per year, and a governor’s commission has presented recommendations that would reduce that by about $2.5 billion per year.
“The public opinion research we’ve conducted has shown repeatedly that people are willing to make a modest investment in order to have a safer and less congested transportation system,” said Robert Latham, executive vice president of Associated Pennsylvania Constructors. “The funding measures recommended by the 2011 Transportation Funding Advisory Commission would create about 50,000 Pennsylvania jobs, with the majority of them in industries other than highway construction.”
Due to the underinvestment in transportation in the Mid-Atlantic, data from ASCE shows that by 2020 productivity losses will cause the region to underperform by $83 billion and 279,000 jobs will be lost resulting in a drop in personal income of almost $300 billion if no action is taken.
“Pennsylvania’s roads, bridges and transit systems are critical links to ensuring a healthy economy,” said Andrew W. Herrmann, P.E., past president of ASCE and principal at Hardesty & Hanover, an infrastructure engineering firm. “State and local investment in key projects not only improves highway conditions in our state, but also creates good paying jobs.”
The latest information from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and TRIP shows pavement suffers from severe deterioration in Pennsylvania, and the effects of the conditions are acute:

  • Vehicle travel on Pennsylvania’s highways increased by 17 percent from 1990 to 2010. The state’s population grew by 7 percent between 1990 and 2010.
  • Thirty-four percent of Pennsylvania’s major urban highways are congested, and 56 percent of the state’s major urban roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Pennsylvania motorists $3.2 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs — an average of $373 per driver.
  • Forty-two percent of Pennsylvania’s bridges (9,312) are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.