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Pennsylvania launches PennDOT connects.

Recognizing transportation's role in connecting communities and supporting economic development, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards recently announced PennDOT Connects, an approach to enhance local engagement and improve transportation project planning, design, and delivery.

The new approach expands the department's requirements for engaging local and planning partners by requiring collaboration with stakeholders before developing project scopes. PennDOT Connects aims to transform development of capital and maintenance projects by ensuring that community collaboration happens early, and that planners consider each project in a holistic way to identify opportunities to improve safety, mobility, access, and environmental outcomes for all modes and local contexts. Earlier collaboration will ensure that projects meet current and projected needs as much as possible, and reduce costly changes later in the project development process.

The department is implementing PennDOT Connects requirements for collaboration on new projects in the State's 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program that meet certain criteria, such as those without previously defined project phases. This includes roughly 280 projects worth $2 billion.

To complement this ongoing collaboration, PennDOT is incorporating the policy into its applicable manuals and program processes and is developing training for staff in metropolitan and regional planning organizations.


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Title Annotation:Public Information and Information Exchange; Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Publication:Public Roads
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2PA
Date:Jul 1, 2017
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