Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The roadwork could begin as soon as tonight.
PennDOT is alerting motorists of single-lane restrictions on Weavertown Road in the area between Morganza Road and the Interstate 79 overpass. The single-lane restrictions controlled by flaggers will be in place between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Weather permitting, the work may begin today—Dec. 11—and continue through Thursday. If delayed the work will begin on Wednesday and continue through Friday. The restrictions will be in place in order to allow crews to perform milling and paving and perform base repairs to eliminate rutting and wash-boarding on the roadway. PennDOT officials reminds motorists to drive with caution and be alert to changing road conditions.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The effort focuses on seat belt use, impaired and aggressive driving, officials said.
The state Department of Transportation and police statewide are joining forces for “Operation Safe Holiday,” an initiative including seat-belt, aggressive-driving and impaired-driving enforcement aimed at keeping roadways safe this holiday season. The operation is under way, beginning with statewide Click It or Ticket seat-belt enforcement. Through the New Year, police will also use sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols to crack down on motorists who are speeding, driving aggressively or driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. “Every year we see an increase in travel during the holiday season, and unfortunately we also see more crashes,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “If we all take the …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Sen. Tim Solobay also talks about a property tax rebate deadline that's looming.
Members and veterans of our armed forces who have been decorated for valor or meritorious service can now get one in a series of special license plates offered by the state Department of Transportation. PennDOT’s new series of plates offers a design exhibiting one of the following military decorations: Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor and Bronze Star. Veterans and military personnel interested in these new plates can click here to visit PennDOT’s web page for military veterans. PennDOT’s Specialty Plate Program offers a variety of license plates, including those honoring individuals who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and in major conflicts from …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The restrictions will be in place both Thursday and Friday, according to PennDOT.
The state Department of Transportation District 12 is advising motorists that there will be single-lane restrictions on Interstate 79 at Exit 40 (Meadow Lands) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. There will also be single-lane closures on from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday and Friday. The closures will be in effect to allow crews to remove the concrete barriers, apply pavement markings in order to switch traffic back onto the mainline Interstate 79. Traffic will be switched over at 6 a.m. Friday. PennDOT also reminds motorists to be alert for changing traffic patterns in all work zones.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Both PennDOT programs are free and voluntary.
Gov. Tom Corbett recently announced that the state Department of Transportation is launching two voluntary programs aimed at saving the lives of Pennsylvanians in emergency situations—the Yellow Dot and Emergency Contact Information programs. “Both of these programs speak for people when they can’t speak for themselves, so medical concerns can be addressed and contacts can be reached as quickly as possible,” Corbett said in a release. "When someone is in a crash or they find themselves in an emergency situation, it’s critical that emergency responders quickly find out as much as they can about the victim.” Participants in the Yellow Dot program fill out a form with their emergency contact, medical contact and medical information, insert it…
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Education, fun in store for budding artists, organizers say.
Young Pennsylvania students are invited to learn about aviation and express their creativity through the state Department of Transportation's Bureau of Aviation’s annual art contest. “One of Gov. Tom Corbett’s primary focuses is educating our future leaders to be ready for the jobs of tomorrow,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “Through this contest, our future transportation leaders can get a better understanding of the crucial role that this industry, which supports about 300,000 Pennsylvania jobs, plays in our overall transportation system.” This year’s contest theme, “50 Years of American Space Flight,” encourages students to learn more about aviation, from airplane development to flights into space. Entries will be judged in …
Friday, November 2, 2012
The measure comes in response to Hurricane Sandy.
Because of the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy across the state, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch has authorized an extension of the expiration dates for Pennsylvania driver's licenses, identification cards and vehicle inspections/registrations. Oct. 31 expiration dates for vehicle registrations and safety and emissions inspections have been extended until Nov. 15, as have expiration dates between Oct. 26 and Nov. 15 for driver's licenses and identification cards. These extensions apply for customers statewide.
Monday, October 8, 2012
The restrictions go into place today. Here's what you need to know.
The state Department of Transportation is advising motorists that they will encounter changing traffic patterns on both north and south-bound Interstate 79 between Houston and Southpointe starting today. The restrictions will last through Thursday, Oct. 11. Single-lane restrictions will be in place nightly between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
YouTube video goes viral..
Pennsylvania is known for its abundance of deer, but the one in the YouTube video posted above is from Colorado. It bounded across the road—as deer are prone to do in any state—at the worst possible time. Skateboarders were going about 40 mph in the 2012 Buffalo Bill DownHill and the deer jumped right in front of them. According to Denver's 7News, the skateboarder and the deer both escaped without serious injury." It's deer breeding season in Pennsylvania, so keep a lookout for them before they jump out in front of you. A deer will step, jump, run, dart right in front of a vehicle so quickly that even the most powerful brakes on earth cannot stop it in time. "PennDOT statistics show nearly half of all reportable crashes in the past five …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Here's what you need to know to get around Washington County this week.
The state Department of Transportation announced the following tentative work plan for this week. Motorists are advised that all maintenance activities are conducted on a weather-permitting basis—and PennDOT asks that they drive with caution throughout all work areas and be alert for signed work zones requiring the usage of headlights. Here’s what to expect across the county this week: Street PENNDOT has a 24-hour toll free number for residents to call to report any road maintenance concerns. This number can also be utilized to report locations of dead deer on state highways. The number is 1-800-FIX ROAD (1-800-349-7623).