Governor Corbett cut the ribbon on a new turnpike interchange near Philadelphia this week. The interchange between Downingtown and Valley Forge is entirely electronic. It connects Route 29 in Malvern to the turnpike. Officials are hoping the new interchange will cut down on congestion and Corbett believes it will help increase growth in the area with the ease of reaching businesses via the quick interchange. The opening of the interchange comes on the heels of the Pennsylvania Turnpike pursuing converting all of its tolls to electronic tolls for the entire length of the turnpike. The opening also coincides with the Governor’s recent announcement that his transportation plan is soon to be unveiled and as the legislature is gearing up to work on transportation funding in the new session.
The Turnpike Commission also announced this week that current PennDOT deputy secretary of administration, Mark Crompton, will become the Commission’s Chief Executive Officer in February. Roger Nutt, former CEO of the Turnpike, stepped down in October citing health concerns. Mr. Crompton’s previous experience includes director of government affairs at American Infrastructure. At PennDOT he was in charge of human resources and fiscal management among other duties.
Voter ID law may remain uncertain for most of 2013
Yesterday Judge Robert E. Simpson said he’ll make decision on a trial date for the Voter ID law in the next ten days. He is leaning towards mid-summer for the trial that will decide the constitutionality of the law. Should the trial be scheduled for mid-summer a decision could be ready by August. His believes the case will be appealed to the state Supreme Court and he would like to allow that court enough time to present its decision prior to the November 2013 election. All of this means that there may not be a definite answer as to the future of the Voter ID law until November 2013. In the meantime, the May 2013 primary election is looming and a decision will need to be made regarding whether or not the injunction filed in time for most recent election in November will extended.