Two weeks ago, the Philadelphia Zoning Board approved the construction of Ridge Flats at 4300 Ridge Avenue in East Falls—a project proposed by developer and design-builder Onion Flats.

The Project

The five story building will provide 146 residential units and 9,300 square feet of retail space.  More importantly, Ridge Flats will be Philadelphia’s first

Is construction picking up throughout the Mid-Atlantic region? Here are just a few summaries of headlines for Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania

Maryland:

As of March 2011, construction projects in several Maryland counties continue to increase, and Mid-Atlantic.jpgconstruction contracts “were up 55% when compared to the same month in 2010.” For the first quarter,

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that 10 schools in the state will receive a total of $584 million through the Schools Development Authority (SDA) to rebuild and renovate existing space. In addition to the allocated money, $100 million has been designated for emergency school improvements.
school.jpgSchool districts that will receive funding include: Bridgeton,

Update: Christie Signs NJ Power Plant Bill

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law last Friday the controversial power plant bill (S-2381) that, among other things, is aimed to lower energy rates by increasing the energy generated in-state and create construction jobs.

The new law enables LS Power Systems to build a power plant

On September 6, 2010, President Barack Obama proposed a six-year, $50 billion plan to rebuild the nation’s highways, railways and airport runways. Obama’s plan includes rebuilding 150,000 miles of roads, construction and maintenance of 4,000 miles of railway – enough tracks to span the continent — and rehabilitation or reconstruction of 150 milesTraffic.jpg of airport runways. He also called for an “infrastructure bank” that would focus on paying for national and regional transportation projects.

It seems that Pennsylvania and New Jersey are heeding Obama’s call by making transportation a priority in the Keystone and Garden States.

New 5-Year Plan for New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced this past Thursday a 5-year, $8 billion plan to renew the State’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) and provide funding for New Jersey road and bridge projects. The annual $1.6 billion program will provide approximately $200 million for local government projects, $672 million for New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) projects and $728 for New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJ DOT) projects. The plan significantly increases cash contributions to the program, as compared to prior years, and relies less on borrowing bonds. Christie’s proposal will change the type of debt New Jersey will use to fund future transportation projects, and will include no toll or tax increases. In addition to the $1.6 billion program for local government projects, NJ Transit and NJDOT, the plan includes approximately $363 million average per year for projects that will be funded by the New York/New Jersey Port Authority in conjunction with NJDOT.

State projects slated to be funded through the Port Authority monies include a plan to renovate the Pulaski Skyway, the Route 7 Whitpenn Bridge and a new roadway in the Portway District of New Jersey.

Christie said that, “this is a significant commitment from the Port Authority to make our roadways and bridges safer as we travel through the port district.”

Want to Learn More about the TTF Plan?

NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson will review Gov. Christie’s TTF renewal plan at the Utility & Transportation Contractors Association’s (UTCA) upcoming membership meeting. The meeting is scheduled for January 13, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza in Jamesburg, New Jersey. Please contact the UTCA office at (732) 292-4300 for more information.

Smart Transportation Projects in Pennsylvania

The winners of the second round of the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative have been announced, according to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. Forty-one communities across the state will get a portion of a $24.7 million fund to help boost “Smart Transportation” projects.

“Smart Transportation means partnering to build great communities for future generations of Pennsylvanians by linking transpiration investments and land-use planning and decision making,” said Biehler.

Smart Transportation projects are initiatives that support local economic development; encourage walkable, multimodal mixed-use development; improve regional connectivity or enhance the existing transportation network.


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