American Society of Highway Engineers


ICYMI: Treasury Announces Gas Tax Rate Will Decrease by 8.3 Cents Effective October 1

"After a thorough review of fuel consumption statistics and consultation with the Legislative Budget and Finance Officer, the Department of the Treasury announced on Tuesday that New Jersey’s gas tax rate will decrease by 8.3 cents per gallon beginning October 1 to comport with the 2016 law that requires a steady stream of revenue to support the State’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) program."

The gas tax rate, under the formula outlined in the 2016 law (Chapter 57) enacted prior to the Murphy Administration, will decrease on October 1, 2021. The law was designed to provide $16 billion over eight years through New Jersey’s TTF program for critical infrastructure improvements to the state’s roadways and bridges. The actual consumption in Fiscal Year 2021 matched projections, and consumption in the current fiscal year is projected to be above last fiscal year’s levels. Based on this analysis the formula dictates an 8.3 cent decrease.

National News

PennDOT earns plaudits for Ohiopyle State Park access improvements

“PennDOT received a regional America’s Transportation Award for its $12.8 million Ohiopyle Multimodal Gateway project. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) presented the award, recognizing Pennsylvania’s transportation department in the Community Development/Quality of Life category.”

In July of 2020, a project to replace the bridge over the Youghiogheny River was completed. The replacement provided wider lanes of travel and a 10-foot shared use path on Route 381, as well as a tunnel was to allow pedestrian access to Ohiopyle State Park from the larger parking lot. The park attracts almost 1.5 million visitors annually for viewing the Youghiogheny River Gorge and whitewater rafting on the river. This project was weighed against other regional nominees for projects costing $25 million or less and received a regional America’s Transportation Award, as well as 2020 Project of the Year by the Southwest Penn chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers and the 2020 Innovative Transportation Solutions winner by the Pittsburgh chapter of WTS


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