Saturday, May 25, 2013
PennDOT's new YouTube channel features safety information and a video of a recent highway tanker fire.
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PennDOT has a new YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/PennsylvaniaDOT, to expand its public outreach on safety and education initiatives, as well as department operations. “Our YouTube channel is our next step in communicating with our customers in more personal, interactive ways,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. So far, the new PennDOT YouTube channel includes: In the future, the department plans to add videos featuring department maintenance operations as well as highway safety efforts. The channel complements PennDOT’s social media outreach on Facebook and Twitter. Since the department launched its official Twitter account – PennDOTNews – in 2010, more than 11,000 followers have signed on. The PennDOT Facebook page, which was …
Friday, May 24, 2013
Drivers can expect roving patrols, safety checkpoints and special attention to seat belt compliance over Memorial Day Weekend.
PennDOT will partner with more than 600 law enforcement agencies and the Pennsylvania State Police to participate in a national “Click It or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement effort through June 9. The effort will focus largely on nighttime enforcement, using traffic safety checkpoints and roving patrols. Police will also use Traffic Enforcement Zones, which combine roving patrol and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. According to PennDOT data, 503 people died last year in unbelted crashes, a decrease from 509 such fatalities in 2011. The total number of crashes in which people were not wearing seat belts also decreased to 15,528, compared with 16,298 in 2011. The majority of enforcement will occur at night…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Jaymor Road/James Way detour will be a thing of the past come next month, according to PennDOT.
Back in January, the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority began work on a water main replacement project on the portion of County Line Road between Jaymor Road and Huntingdon Pike (Rte 232). When the project began, officials estimated that the project would be finished by April 6. Despite a few weather-related setbacks, PennDOT says the project appears to be pretty close to following the initial timeline. PennDOT Community Relations Coordinator Charles Metzger said as of the last update, the BCWSA would be handing over the roadway on April 13, barring no problems. “Weather can affect that date, also when you are digging up stuff you never know what you might find,” he said. “But so far it looks good for the 13th.” Metzger said once …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
PennDOT's driver license and photo centers will be closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Wednesday, January 16
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver license and photo centers, including the center on County Line Road, will be closed Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and include driver’s license and photo ID renewals; vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license restoration fee or vehicle financial responsibility …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
PennDOT photo and drivers license centers will be closed Nov. 10 through 12 in observance of Veterans Day.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Nov. 10 through Monday, Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and include driver’s license and photo ID renewals; vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license restoration fee or vehicle …
Monday, October 29, 2012
I-76 and I-476 are among the closed state roads Monday night.
Monday, October 29, 2012
PennDOT announced Monday that several state highways, including I-95, I-476 and I-76, would be closed to all non-emergency vehicles until 2 a.m. Tuesday morning in response to Hurricane Sandy. The transportation department closed "the full length of Interstates 95 and 676; I-476 (non-toll portion); I-76 from the Pa. Turnpike to Passyunk Avenue and the U.S. Route 1 Extension in Philadelphia to all traffic except emergency vehicles," according to a release. The PA turnpike remains open. Before the closing, all area highways were placed under a 45 mph speed restriction. Additionally, NBC 10 is reporting that all Delaware River Port Authority bridges, the Ben Franklin, the Betsy Ross, the Commodore Barry and the Walt Whitman, are closed …
PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has reduced speed to 45 mph beginning at 10 a.m. today on various roads.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Due to the dangerous wind speeds associated with Hurricane Sandy, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, the PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will temporarily reduce the speed limit to 45 mph and restrict certain types of vehicles on some southeast Pennsylvania roadways. PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways: Also, in conjunction with similar restrictions imposed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, these types of vehicles will be prohibited from traveling on the speed-restricted roadways: PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission may expand these restrictions to other parts of the state later today. Vehicles in these …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
A water main replacement project will reduce traffic to one lane along various portions of the heavily traveled roadway through April 2013.
The SEPTA construction project this past weekend was just the beginning of the delays to come on County Line Road. On Monday, the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority began work on a water main replacement project that is scheduled to last through April 2013. The project runs from Valley Road in Warrington and extends all of the way through Southampton to Pine Road in Lower Southampton Township. The work will be completed in phases, with traffic to be reduced to one lane on the portion of roadway where work is being completed. PennDOT is advising that delays should be expected this week in the portion of County Line Road between Centennial Road (in Warminster) and Pine Road in Lower Southampton, as test drilling is completed. Commuters …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A look at the injunction against the Voter ID Law.
Judge Robert Simpson issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday morning, halting certain aspects of the Voter ID Law from impacting the November presidential election. While the decision does not repeal the law that requires citizens to show photo identification to vote, if upheld, the ruling allows registered voters to cast ballots without an ID. To issue an injunction on the law, Simpson was tasked to consider two questions—does the issuance of IDs "comport with liberal access" that the General Assembly required, and will no voter disenfranchisement exist if the law is implemented this fall? Liberal Access? In returning the case to Simpson, the commonwealth's Supreme Court said then-current procedures were "contrary" to liberal access—a …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Driving around a 'Road Closed' sign could mean a fine and points on your driving record.
It doesn’t take a visit from severe weather systems Leslie or Michael to bring potential flooding or other emergency conditions to the Delaware Valley. And the next time they hit, going around those Road Closed barricades could mean more than the implied danger ahead. A new state law imposing stiff penalties on motorists who ignore “road closed” or other safety warning signs and devices is now in effect, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said this week. Act 114, signed on July 5 by Gov. Tom Corbett, reinforces the critical need for all drivers to obey traffic control signs. The law aims to increase safety for motorists and emergency responders in areas where flooding or other hazardous conditions exist. “Too often, motorists …