Roads http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh's Pothole Problem May Have a Solution http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-pothole-problem-may-have-solution <p>A Pennsylvania company may have invented the machine we’ve been dreaming of, to repair our potholed roadways. <a href="http://roadmixer.com/">Road Mixer</a> is an asphalt plant mounted on a truck and it could be a quick solution to fixing our streets.</p><p>So why isn’t the city of Pittsburgh using it? We posed that question to&nbsp;Darren Geesamen, project manager for the Road Mixer company.</p><p>The idea for mobile mixer trucks started many years ago. They use hot asphalt to ensure that potholes will be permanently fixed. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:24:22 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24977 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Pothole Problem May Have a Solution When it Comes to Patching Potholes, Funding is the Biggest Pitfall http://wesa.fm/post/when-it-comes-patching-potholes-funding-biggest-pitfall <p>Pittsburgh is an old city with old roads. From cobblestones, to brick, to brittle asphalt, the addition of winter weather can make our daily commutes pretty treacherous.</p><p>Last week, Mayor Peduto appointed public works veteran, Mike Gable as the new Department of Public Works Director.</p><p>Gable hopes the city can find more funding in order to get on track with&nbsp; winter street maintenance plans.</p><p>“Well this is a very tough time of the year, obviously. The roads are in bad shape as a result of the freezing and thawing that has been occurring over the past couple of weeks. But, its also a product of not making the investment that we’ve had to make to repair the roads with our resurfacing program.”</p><p>In the resurfacing program calls for a target of 80 miles per year, but the department has only been paving 30 to 40 miles per year, Gable says this is not a recipe for success. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:10:32 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24069 at http://wesa.fm When it Comes to Patching Potholes, Funding is the Biggest Pitfall Transit Activists Ask Pennsylvanians to Call State Reps About Transportation Bill http://wesa.fm/post/transit-activists-ask-pennsylvanians-call-state-reps-about-transportation-bill <p>The Pennsylvania General Assembly has just four voting days left this year, and they still have not passed a transportation funding bill. A Senate bill that would fund roads, bridges and public transit has been languishing since it was passed in June.</p><p>Now, a local nonprofit is trying to turn up the heat on key legislators by calling the constituents in their districts.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:44:08 +0000 Liz Reid 19714 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Administration Again Pushes Transportation Plan http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-administration-again-pushes-transportation-plan <p>Gov. Tom Corbett is in call-to-action mode, urging passage of a transportation funding proposal for the second time in a week.<br><br>A $2.5 billion plan is expected to be passed by the full Senate within the next two weeks.<br><br>But the real question is whether House Republicans will vote for a bill that does things like hike driver’s license fees and uncap a tax paid by gas stations.<br><br>PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said he’s been going to each House lawmaker to explain what’s at stake.<br> Fri, 31 May 2013 10:33:31 +0000 Mary Wilson 10533 at http://wesa.fm